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Physics and Math Shed New Light on Biological Evolution

Although the qualitative description of evolution — its observed behavior and characteristics — is well-established, a comprehensive quantitative theory that captures general evolution dynamics is still lacking. There are also many lingering mysteries surrounding the story of life on Earth, including the question of why sex is such a prevalent reproductive strategy. A team of scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Jilin University in Jilin, China; and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, led by Prof. Jin Wang, has examined some of these puzzles from a physical science prospective. They propose a new theory of evolution with two ingredients: the underlying emergent “fitness” landscape and an associated evolutionary force called “curl flux,” which causes species to move through the emergent fitness landscape in a spiraling manner.

Read more at E! Science News.

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