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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 : University of Chicago Press, ©2010.
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Life on earth is characterized by three striking phenomena that demand explanation: adaptation--the marvelous fit between organism and environment; diversity--the great variety of organisms; and complexity--the enormous intricacy of their internal structure. Natural selection explains adaptation. But what explains diversity and complexity? Daniel W. McShea and Robert N. Brandon argue that there exists in evolution a  Read more...
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McShea, Daniel W.
Biology's first law.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009044828
(OCoLC)457149561
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel W McShea; Robert N Brandon
ISBN: 9780226562278 0226562271
OCLC Number: 648760887
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 170 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The zero-force evolutionary law --
Randomness, hierarchy, and constraint --
Diversity --
Complexity --
Evidence, predictions, and tests --
Philosophical foundations --
Implications.
Responsibility: Daniel W. McShea and Robert N. Brandon.

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