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Interactive simulations of evolution processes

Here is a collection of o­nline resources for interactive simulations of evolution processes....




Most of these resources require the use of  Java installed o­n your computer.  Download Java Software for your desktop computer.

Evolution Java Applet

"Four amoebas are created (red, green, blue, and black), each containing a "stinger" to kill others. When an amoeba manages to kill another, then the victim dies, and the killer gives birth to a fresh amoeba. (The fresh amoeba is a randomly-mutated version of the killer.)

Each amoeba has four parameters: size, speed of rotation, frequency of deployment of stinger, and span of stinger. (Also displayed is the number of other amoebas it has killed without being killed itself.) Over time, the amoebas should evolve into beings well suited to their environment. But what parameters give rise to the most powerful amoebas?


"Blobs are the inhabitants of a little simulated world (sometimes called arena). They look like little colored dots. There are two types of Blobs , predators and prey.  Both kind of Blobs start reproducing as soon as they are old enough and have accumulated enough energy to do so (by eating). "



is a three-dimensional life simulation project. Both mechanical structures ("bodies") and control systems ("brains") of creatures are modeled. It is possible to design various kinds of experiments, including simple optimization (by evolutionary algorithms), coevolution, open-ended and spontaneous evolution, distinct gene pools and populations, diverse genotype/phenotype mappings, and species/ecosystems modeling. "

Darwin Pond

"Darwin Pond is inhabited by hundreds of wiggly things called "swimmers". In a way, you could say these swimmers perform tiny histories of the evolution of swimming in the earth's waters by genetically "discovering" ways to get around. They do this by evolving their anatomies and motions over many generations. This is why this imaginary body of water is named "Darwin Pond", named in honor of Charles Darwin, whose scientific work and eloquence in explaining the origin of species created a revolution. "


Interactive simulations of evolution processes. (advanced treatment)


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