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An Outline of a Theory of the Constructional Constraints Governing Early Organismic Evolution
Organisms, Genes and Evolution (2000)
  • Winfried S. Peters
  • Bernd Herkner
Abstract

This paper has no abstract; this is the first paragraph. The origin of life is one of the most fascinating biological enigmas (Dyson 1985, de Duve 1991). A multitude of hypotheses is available, ranging from the classical "primordial broth" (Haldane 1929) to the "genetic takeover" (Cairns-Smith 1982). Most of these models center on biochemical, metabolic, or genetic aspects. To our knowledge a comprehensive investigation into the mechanical constraints governing the early development of organismic constructions is not available to date. Attempting to close this gap, we here present an outline of a theory of the transformation of constructions in early evolution.

Keywords
  • Early evolution,
  • osmoregulation,
  • pressure regulation,
  • turgor,
  • cell membrane,
  • cell wall,
  • membrane transport
Publication Date
July 1, 2000
Editor
D.S. Peters, M. Weingarten
Publisher
Franz Steiner Verlag
Citation Information

Winfried S. Peters and Bernd Herkner. An Outline of a Theory of the Constructional Constraints Governing Early Organismic Evolution. In Organisms, Genes and Evolution. D.S. Peters, M. Weingarten (Eds). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2000; p. 169-178.