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The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited$
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Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015240

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

Eörs Szathmáry

Chrisantha Fernando

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This chapter presents important lessons on the major transitions in evolution. It illustrates that a systematic consideration of three subsystems opens the door to an extended view of the major transitions. It addresses how fraternal transitions may apply to neuronal replicators. It proposes that the recombination of neuronal replicators may be the underlying mechanism by which representations are formed and modified. This chapter suggests that an extension to the problem of competing and cooperating neuronal replicators may turn out to be rather spectacular.

Keywords:   major transitions, evolution, fraternal transitions, neuronal replicators, subsystems

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