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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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The Evolution of the Decrease of Randomness

The Evolution of the Decrease of Randomness

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(p.63) Chapter 4 The Evolution of the Decrease 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/9780691157016.003.0004

This chapter explains why randomness is curtailed in larger forms. Large organisms are unlikely to have an overall neutral morphology like small ones, and the reason is to be found in their elaborate development. The greater the size, the more developmental steps. The voyage from a single cell, a fertilized egg, to a large, mature organism with millions of cells is a process that cannot be chaotic, but must be controlled if it is to achieve a consistent ultimate shape from generation to generation. There can be no significant deviation from those set steps to get from one generation to the next.

Keywords:   evolutionary biology, biological randomness, size, large organisms, evolution

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