‘Digital Organisms’ Illuminate Evolution

May 6, 2003 | Source: New Scientist

Seeing every step along the way in an evolutionary sequence that unfolds over millions of years is of course impossible, but researchers have found a way to see this process unfold in its entirety without any ‘missing links’. Computer programs designed to “evolve” solutions to mathematical problems support the idea that complexity in nature emerges in small, often apparently unremarkable, steps. This may help computer programmers make more efficient evolutionary algorithms.