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Evolution in a changing environment

Katarzyna Sznajd-Weron () and Rafał Weron ()

No HSC/97/01, HSC Research Reports from Hugo Steinhaus Center, Wroclaw University of Technology

Abstract: We propose a simple model, based on Monte Carlo simulations, for studying the effects of changes in the environment on the adaptation and extinction of evolving species. We show that the geological data of climatic changes are well described by Levy-stable distributions. This leads, in our model, to a fairly good reproduction of the known data on species extinctions. We have also found that the dependence of the probability that a given number of species becomes extinct in one time step, on the number of extinct species shows a cross-over from an exponential to a power-like character.

Keywords: Levy-stable distribution; Monte Carlo simulation; Species extinction; Evolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C15 C16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1997
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