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Re: up!up!up!and away!



At 09:54 PM 3/21/99 -0500, John Bois wrote:
>
>And yet over evolutionary time there has been a very definite increase in
>complexity.  Once upon a time there were only single celled things.  Now
>we have colonial and even integrated systems.  I suppose this complexity
>opens up new niches and thus is adaptive.  But, in absolute terms, there
>is no superiority inherent in this idea--indeed, the simple may inherit
>the Earth. 
>
Actually, there is a fairly simple basis for this "trend".  The niches for
simpler things tend to be more densely occupied, and so there is more
opportunity at the high end of complexity.  Simple organisms still have
greater diversity than complex ones.

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