Re: Evolution and Thermodynamics

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Posted by Mike Morgan ( on December 08, 2002 at 00:28:48:

In Reply to: Re: Evolution and Thermodynamics posted by Chris Bauch on December 06, 2002 at 12:41:31:


First of all let me say that I found your post most interesting. It's always nice to read messages posted by those who possess specialist knowledge that are written in a manner that none specialists (such as myself) can understand and learn from. There was, however, a question that occured to me as I was reading through your message that I would appreciate your further comment on.

You say that "These simple bacteria specialized and were essentially subsumed into the next layer of organisation, the eukaryotic cells. These eukaryotic cells in turn became part of multicellular colonies, which in turn developed into distinct creatures such as plants and animals."

This I understand. However, I am interested to know what it is that causes specialization? Why are certain simple bacteria subsummed into eukaryotic cells that eventually develop into ants, while others develop into pumas, others blue whales and still others human beings?

Looking forward to your response.


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