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I really good intro to evolution book is The Evolution of Vertebrate Design by Leonard Radinski. Also, for a more math based approach you could look into Narrow Roads of Gene Land. These are collected papers of W.D Hamilton.


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It may also be called as Idea of maximum parsimony. It is used in phylogenetics to construct phylogenetic trees which require the least number of evolutionary events.


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The principle of least effort / path of least resistance fit pretty well: animals, people, and systems (like evolution or a mechanical system like a machine) will naturally choose the path of least resistance or effort. The principal applies to chemistry (low energy states) and physics (the path an electrical current takes) as well. Occam's Razor fits ...


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You either want a introductory book in evolutionary biology or a book that provide models/formulations of evolutionary processes In my first class of evolutionary biology I had this textbook: Futuyama, Evolution I think it gives a good start to the field and offers a good overview of the difference subfields. If you think you already knows enough about the ...


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Some elements of response to your question. First, something about tRNA frequency. Even if there are six codons for a given amino acid, they are not equivalent because some will correspond to abundant tRNA, while others correspond to very minor tRNA. This has significant influence on the traduction speed, as the traduction will dramatically slow down on ...



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