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Symbiotic Composition and Evolvability

Richard A. Watson; Jordan Pollack;
Open Access English
  • Published: 03 May 2007
  • Country: United Kingdom
Several of the Major Transitions in natural evolution, such as the symbiogenic origin of eukaryotes from prokaryotes, share the feature that existing entities became the components of composite entities at a higher level of organisation. This composition of pre-adapted extant entities into a new whole is a fundamentally different source of variation from the gradual accumulation of small random variations, and it has some interesting consequences for issues of evolvability. In this paper we present a very abstract model of 'symbiotic composition' to explore its possible impact on evolvability. A particular adaptive landscape is used to exemplify a class where sy...
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free text keywords: Fitness landscape, Evolutionary algorithm, Genetic algorithm, Computer science, Evolutionary biology, Extant taxon, Algorithm, Evolvability
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