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Randomness in Evolution

John Tyler Bonner


This book challenges a central tenet of evolutionary biology. The book makes the bold and provocative claim that some biological diversity may be explained by something other than natural selection. The book makes an argument for the underappreciated role that randomness—or chance—plays in evolution. Due to the tremendous and enduring influence of Darwin's natural selection, the importance of randomness has been to some extent overshadowed. The book shows how the effects of randomness differ for organisms of different sizes, and how the smaller an organism is, the more likely it is that morpho ... More

Keywords: evolutionary biology, biological diversity, natural selection, randomness, organisms, microorganism, large mammals, sexual cycle, social organisms, evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157016
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Tyler Bonner, author
Princeton University