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Darwin's aliens

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Making predictions about aliens is not an easy task. Much of the work that has been done has focused on extrapolating from empirical observations and mechanistic understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology. Another approach is to utilise theory to make predictions that are not tied to details of Earth. Here, we show how evolutionary theory can be used to make predictions about aliens. We argue that aliens will undergo natural selection – something that should not be taken for granted but...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S1473550417000362

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Hertford
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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
International Journal of Astrobiology Journal website
Volume:
18
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-9
Publication date:
2017-11-10
Acceptance date:
2017-09-08
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EISSN:
1475-3006
ISSN:
1473-5504
Pubs id:
pubs:730750
URN:
uri:a613cffd-cc83-46eb-908e-95fdbcfd8ed2
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uuid:a613cffd-cc83-46eb-908e-95fdbcfd8ed2
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pubs:730750

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