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From Survivors to Replicators: Evolution by Natural Selection Revisited

Bourrat, Pierrick (2013) From Survivors to Replicators: Evolution by Natural Selection Revisited. [Preprint]

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For evolution by natural selection to occur it is classically admitted that the three ingredients ofcvariation, difference in fitness and heredity are necessary and sufficient. In this paper, I show using simple individual-based models, that evolution by natural selection can occur in populations of entities in which neither heredity nor reproduction are present. Furthermore, I demonstrate by complexifying these models that both reproduction and heredity are predictable Darwinian products (i.e. complex adaptations) of populations initially lacking these two properties but in which new variation is introduced via mutations. Later on, I show that replicators are not necessary for evolution by natural selection, but rather the ultimate product of such processes of adaptation. Finally, I assess the value of these models in three relevant domains for Darwinian evolution.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Bourrat, Pierrickp.bourrat@gmail.com
Keywords: Evolution by natural selection; Replicator; individual-based models; Natural selection; Diachronic
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Mr Pierrick Bourrat
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 12:10
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 12:10
Item ID: 10067
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10067

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