Biology's First Law: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems

  title={Biology's First Law: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems},
  author={D. W. McShea and R. Brandon},
  • D. W. McShea, R. Brandon
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Physics
  • 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 spontaneous tendency toward increased diversity and complexity, one that… CONTINUE READING
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