Evolutionary Dynamics of Cellular Automata-based Self-replicators in Hostile Environments, Biosystems
In this paper we investigate population dynamics, genealogy and complexity-increase of locally interacting populations of cellular automata-based evolving self-replicating loops (evoloops). We outline experiments indicating that the evolutionary growth in complexity, known to be achievable in principle
given the complete genetic accessibility granted by universal construction, may be achievable in practice
using much simpler replicating structures.