Saturday’s ‘Comment of the Day’ –“Are Humans the Limit of Evolutionary Complexity?”

 

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"I guess I take a slightly tangential view of this, and ask a slightly different question: "why is increasing complexity seen as the 'goal' of evolution?" One could argue, for example, that some viruses are the 'evolution at it best', not because of their increasing complexity, but for the fact that they have evolved to be perhaps among the very most efficient life forms we know. Some viruses have economized on the use of limited size genomes by having the same DNA able to code in multiple reading frames, for example. They are the opposite of complexity – they are marvels of evolutionary efficiency. Why does complexity equate to evolutionary success?"

Michael W 

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