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Evolution of division of labor in genetically homogenous groups

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Evolution of division of labor in genetically homogenous groups
Within nature, the success of many organisms, including certain species of insects, mammals, slime molds, and bacteria, is attributed to their performance of division of labor, where individuals specialize on specific roles and cooperate to survive. The evolution of division of labor is challenging to study because of the slow pace of biological evolution and imperfect historical data. In this paper, we use digital evolution to evolve groups of clonal organisms that exhibit division of labor. We then investigate what mechanisms they use to perform division of labor (i.e., location awareness or communication) and discover that it varies according to the type of roles being performed. Lastly, we created an environment where groups of organisms needed to complete a set of tasks, but could do so as either generalists or specialists. We varied the costs of switching tasks and determined that increased costs can result in the evolution of division of labor. Moreover, a group used as a case...
Heather Goldsby, David B. Knoester, Charles Ofria
Added 19 Jul 2010
Updated 19 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where GECCO
Authors Heather Goldsby, David B. Knoester, Charles Ofria
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