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Selective Drivers of Simple Multicellularity

Version 1 : Received: 8 November 2021 / Approved: 10 November 2021 / Online: 10 November 2021 (08:39:39 CET)

How to cite: Tong, K.; Bozdag, G.O.; Ratcliff, W.C. Selective Drivers of Simple Multicellularity. Preprints 2021, 2021110194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0194.v1). Tong, K.; Bozdag, G.O.; Ratcliff, W.C. Selective Drivers of Simple Multicellularity. Preprints 2021, 2021110194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0194.v1).

Abstract

In order to understand the evolution of multicellularity, we must understand how and why selection favors the first steps in this process: the evolution of simple multicellular groups. Multicellularity has evolved many times in independent lineages with fundamentally different ecologies, yet no work has yet systematically examined these diverse selective drivers. Here we review recent developments in systematics, comparative biology, paleontology, synthetic biology, theory, and experimental evolution, highlighting ten selective drivers of simple multicellularity. Our survey highlights the many ecological opportunities available for simple multicellularity, and stresses the need for additional work examining how these first steps impact the subsequent evolution of complex multicellularity.

Keywords

Complexity; Evolution; Major transitions; Multicellularity; Selective driver; Environment; Size; Division of labor

Subject

BIOLOGY, Other

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