PERSPECTIVE METAZOAN COMPLEXITY AND EVOLUTION: IS THERE A TREND?

@article{McShea1996PERSPECTIVEMC,
  title={PERSPECTIVE METAZOAN COMPLEXITY AND EVOLUTION: IS THERE A TREND?},
  author={D. W. McShea},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={1996},
  volume={50}
}
  • D. W. McShea
  • Published 1996
  • Mathematics, Medicine, Biology
  • Evolution
  • The notion that complexity increases in evolution is widely accepted, but the best‐known evidence is highly impressionistic. Here I propose a scheme for understanding complexity that provides a conceptual basis for objective measurement. The scheme also shows complexity to be a broad term covering four independent types. For each type, I describe some of the measures that have been devised and review the evidence for trends in the maximum and mean. In metazoans as a whole, there is good… CONTINUE READING
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