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Testing biological hypotheses with embodied robots: adaptations, accidents, and by-products in the evolution of vertebrates

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Evolutionary robotics allows biologists to test hypotheses about extinct animals. In our case, we modeled some of the first vertebrates, jawless fishes, in order to study the evolution of the trait after which vertebrates are named: vertebrae. …