Review of Daniel W. McShea and Robert N. Brandon, Biology's First Law [Book Review]

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McShea and Brandon propose that in the absence of constraint, biological diversity increases spontaneously. While heuristically useful, the thesis is unclear and of dubious empirical validity. The authors have no natural way to distinguish entropic decrease of diversity from the kind of increase that they are interested in. They make unsupported claims about how to explain dramatic increases of diversity and increases of functional complexity.
Keywords random genetic drift  natural selection  evolution
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