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A blog dedicated to preadaptations and the role they play in evolutionary directions.
The article about the evolutionary history of body size on Earth has raised some interest. Words like "latent evolutionary potential was realized", "realize preexisting evolutionary potential" and" a major innovation in organismal complexity—first the eukaryotic cell and later eukaryotic multicellularity" seem to have raised a few eye brows. Are "latent", "pre-existing","innovation" and "potential" the appropriate words? From the following figure, the earliest multicellular (Grypania spiralis)........ Read more »
J. L. Payne, A. G. Boyer, J. H. Brown, S. Finnegan, M. Kowalewski, R. A. Krause, S. K. Lyons, C. R. McClain, D. W. McShea, P. M. Novack-Gottshall.... (2009) Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(1), 24-27. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0806314106
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