A Mathematical Analysis of the Chitty Hypothesis

  • Fern Hunt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 52)


Chitty’s hypothesis is an attempt to explain the widely observed cyclic fluctuations of vole (microtus) populations in terms of natural selection. If this is indeed a necessary condition then such cycling is an example of evolution on an ecological time scale where no steady state of local or global maximum fitness is reached.


Periodic Solution Hopf Bifurcation Vole Population Cyclic Fluctuation Stable Periodic Solution 
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