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Evolution - Evolution Links
Evolutionary Strategies (Berlin)
A superb site. These people have thought about meta
evolution in detail and used it as an optimisation technique. ALSO they
study real examples of results of evolution. One 'must-visit' is the link
from this page to a description of optimisations in bird flight - a design
of the wing that reduces likelihood of stalling.
Evolution - Selected Papers and Commentary
This site is full of interesting material, both on the history of evolutionary
thought and on up to date molecular biology.
Genetic Dominance and the Heat-Shock Response
This paper addresses the question of why functional alleles tend to be dominant
over deleterious mutant alleles - an example of a non-random pattern of change
that would not be anticipated from a naive interpretation of evolutionary theory.
The accepted explanation is that non-functional alleles tend to be absences.
This 'answer', however, leaves open the question of how come the functional
copy from the second chromosome is able to compensate for a 50% loss in function.
Why do genes have an at-least two-fold safety margin?
Forsdyke's answer rests on an evolutionary pressure that is exerted by
an internal mechanism, the heat-shock system.
Baldwin Effect - Bibliography
Excellent starting point for finding out what the 'Baldwin Effect' is,
its history, and what other resources there are on the web about it.
The 'Baldwin Effect' is essentially about the evolution of adaptability
in a creature. Adaptability tends to prefigure specific adaptations.
The Baldwin Effect makes it easier for the evolutionary process to
lock on to new strategies.
One interest in this site is the range of different arguments used that evolution is not a
viable theory. Amongst other issues the site resurrects Darwin's own
concerns (Chapter 6 of 'The Origin of Species') about how 'organs of extreme
perfection' like the eye could have arisen.
This site addresses many supposed problems with the
conventional theory of evolution, as well as clarifying common
misconceptions, e.g. what is Gould really saying with 'Punctuated
Equilibria'? I particularly liked the technical articles on:
Evolution of colour vision
Discusses relationships between 'opsins'.
Jury Rigged Design
Page which presents examples of adaptation of
features. (But see my comments in
Retina Back to Front?
Abstract of a Proceedings of the National Academy of
Science paper which seems to demolish the 'Molecular Clock' hypothesis; The
rate of mutations in DNA is not constant.
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"Evolution - Evolution Links" page last updated 5-July-2003