A simple computer program dating from the first half of the nineteenth century is presented as the earliest known example of an evolutionary simulation model. The model is described in detail and its status as an evolutionary simulation model is discussed. Three broad issues raised by the model are presented and their significance for modern evolutionary simulation modelling is explored: first, the utility of attending to the character of a system's entire dynamics rather than focusing on the equilibrium states that it admits of; second, the worth of adopting an evolutionary perspective on adaptive systems beyond those addressed by evolutionary biological research; third, the potential for the non-linear character of complex dynamical systems to be explored through an individual-based simulation modelling approach.
|Title of host publication||Artificial Life VII: Procedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems|
|Editors||Mark A. Bedau, John S. McCaskill, Norman Packard, Steen Rasmussen|
|Publisher||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|