Niche Construction and the Evolution of Complexity

  title={Niche Construction and the Evolution of Complexity},
  author={Tim Taylor},
An individual-based model of the process of niche construction is presented, whereby organisms disturb the environment experienced by their neighbours. This disturbance in local conditions creates a niche that potentially could be filled by another species (which would then create still more niches and so on). The model is unique in allowing the complexity of the organisms—measured by the number of genes they possess in order to be well adapted to their local environment—to evolve over time… 

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