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Science  19 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6007, pp. 1048-1049
DOI: 10.1126/science.1197366

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Biology's First Law The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems by Daniel W. McShea and Robert N. Brandon University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2010. 184 pp. $55, £35.50. ISBN 9780226562254. Paper, $20, £13. ISBN 9780226562261.


McShea and Brandon argue that biological complexity is the expected outcome of being alive—in the absence of any other forces, both diversity and complexity will increase as the inevitable consequence of cumulative changes.