Can the Evolution of Multicellularity Be Anticipated in the Exploration of the Solar System?

  • Harold P. de Vladar
  • Julian Chela-Flores
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 24)


Understanding the evolution of development in multicellular organisms is one of the most challenging problems in biology, along with the still-to-be understood origin of life on Earth (and in the universe), the central core of the modern science of astrobiology. One giant step in this direction has been taken by John Tyler Bonner (Bonner, 2001). He focused on a significant transition in the evolution of the Earth biota (Maynard Smith and Szathmáry, 1995, Ch. 12), when development was not complicated by the billion years that followed the late Proterozoic, at a time when the Earth had witnessed over two billion years of microorganism evolution. Some progress is possible with the development of a model for the origin of multicellular organisms based on the idea that it had a selective advantage to be multicellular; as in poor environments, micro­organisms could use each other as nourishment to survive (Kerszberg and Wolpert, 1998).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IST–Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria)KlosterneuburgAustria
  2. 2.Fundación Instituto de Estudios Avanzados–IDEACaracasRepública Bolivariana de Venezuela
  3. 3.The Abdus Salam ICTPTriesteItaly

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