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Evolvability Is Inevitable: Increasing Evolvability without the Pressure to Adapt

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Evolvability vs. distance from the initial niche for the abstract passive drift model.

The evolvability of organisms at the end of a simulation is shown as a function of distance from the initial starting niche (averaged over 50 independent runs). The main result is that there is a significant correlation between increasing distance from the initial niche and increasing evolvability in this model. The plotted line indicates the line of best fit by linear regression.

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