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Biology's first law : the tendency for diversity and complexity to increase in evolutionary systems

Author: Daniel W McShea; Robert N Brandon
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
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Life on earth is characterized by three phenomena: adaptation; diversity; and complexity. Natural selection explains adaptation. But what explains diversity and complexity? This book argues that  Read more...

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McShea, Daniel W.
Biology's first law.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(OCoLC)761330861
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel W McShea; Robert N Brandon
ISBN: 9780226562254 0226562255 9780226562261 0226562263
OCLC Number: 457149561
Description: xii, 170 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The zero-force evolutionary law --
Randomness, hierarchy, constraint, and the zero-force evolutionary law --
Diversity --
Complexity --
Evidence, predictions, and tests --
Philosophical foundations of the zero-force evolutionary law --
Implications.
Responsibility: Daniel W. McShea and Robert N. Brandon.

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