Evolution of Biological Complexity

  title={Evolution of Biological Complexity},
  author={Christoph Adami and Charles Ofria and Travis C. Collier},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={97 9},
To make a case for or against a trend in the evolution of complexity in biological evolution, complexity needs to be both rigorously defined and measurable. A recent information-theoretic (but intuitively evident) definition identifies genomic complexity with the amount of information a sequence stores about its environment. We investigate the evolution of genomic complexity in populations of digital organisms and monitor in detail the evolutionary transitions that increase complexity. We show… CONTINUE READING
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