Directionality principles in thermodynamics and evolution.

@article{Demetrius1997DirectionalityPI,
  title={Directionality principles in thermodynamics and evolution.},
  author={Lloyd A. Demetrius},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1997},
  volume={94 8},
  pages={3491-8}
}
Directionality in populations of replicating organisms can be parametrized in terms of a statistical concept: evolutionary entropy. This parameter, a measure of the variability in the age of reproducing individuals in a population, is isometric with the macroscopic variable body size. Evolutionary trends in entropy due to mutation and natural selection fall into patterns modulated by ecological and demographic constraints, which are delineated as follows: (i) density-dependent conditions (a… CONTINUE READING
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