Evolutionary construction by staying together and coming together.

@article{Tarnita2013EvolutionaryCB,
  title={Evolutionary construction by staying together and coming together.},
  author={Corina E. Tarnita and Clifford H. Taubes and Martin A. Nowak},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={320},
  pages={10-22}
}
The evolutionary trajectory of life on earth is one of increasing size and complexity. Yet the standard equations of evolutionary dynamics describe mutation and selection among similar organisms that compete on the same level of organization. Here we begin to outline a mathematical theory that might help to explore how evolution can be constructive, how natural selection can lead from lower to higher levels of organization. We distinguish two fundamental operations, which we call 'staying… CONTINUE READING
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