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Randomness in Evolution$
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John Tyler Bonner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157016

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157016.001.0001

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Life and the Riddle of Randomness

Life and the Riddle of Randomness

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Life and the Riddle of Randomness
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Randomness in Evolution
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John Tyler Bonner

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157016.003.0001

This chapter first discusses the concept of randomness and its role in evolution. Unlike natural selection which carves out novelties that lead to evolution, randomness seems to go nowhere; it just shuffles things backwards and forwards. While there is some truth to this way of putting the matter, it is fundamentally wrong. This book focuses on variations in morphology, specifically eukaryotes, whose cells contain a nucleus and come in a great variety of shapes. Those vast numbers of varieties involve both unicellular and multicellular forms. The remainder of the chapter deals with role of chance in evolution, size and randomness, and sex. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   evolutionary biology, biological randomness, morphology, eurkaryotes, natural selection, evolution, size, sex

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