Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 303–317

Origins of evolutionary transitions


DOI: 10.1007/s12038-013-9375-y

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Clarke, E. J Biosci (2014) 39: 303. doi:10.1007/s12038-013-9375-y


An ‘evolutionary transition in individuality’ or ‘major transition’ is a transformation in the hierarchical level at which natural selection operates on a population. In this article I give an abstract (i.e. level-neutral and substrate-neutral) articulation of the transition process in order to precisely understand how such processes can happen, especially how they can get started.


Evolutionary transition individuality level of selection 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.All Souls CollegeOxfordUK

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