A resonance based model of biological evolution

Achille Damasco, Alessandro Giuliani

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Abstract

We propose a coarse grained physical model of evolution. The proposed model ‘at least in principle’ is amenable of an experimental verification even if this looks as a conundrum: evolution is a unique historical process and the tape cannot be reversed and played again. Nevertheless, we can imagine a phenomenological scenario tailored upon state transitions in physical chemistry in which different agents of evolution play the role of the elements of a state transition like thermal noise or resonance effects. The abstract model we propose can be of help for sketching hypotheses and getting rid of some well-known features of natural history like the so-called Cambrian explosion. The possibility of an experimental proof of the model is discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)750-756
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume471
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Cambrian explosion
  • Phase transitions
  • Physical models
  • Theory

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  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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A resonance based model of biological evolution. / Damasco, Achille; Giuliani, Alessandro.

In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Vol. 471, 01.04.2017, p. 750-756.

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