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Improve Feeding
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Improve Reproduction
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Eukaryota (Gen 10) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:34:33 pm »
    Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution


    Generation 1: Eukaryota primii



    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, on a planet not quite unlike our own, life has developed. Bacteria, at first, simple prokaryotes... but now, something has changed. Something life-changing. The first Eukaryote has been born, Eukaryota primii. To make it easier on us, we'll just call it "Euk" for now. Euk has a plasma membrane, a nucleus, and ribosomes. That's about it. It is unable to move on its own or pursue prey, however, its large size compared to surrounding bacteria means that it ultimately consumes these bacteria and other food particles through endocytosis when they make contact with the plasma membrane. Euk also reproduces through a primitive form of mitosis, by producing quite a few copies of its DNA, dissolving the nucleus, and then basically hoping that the daughter cells each receive a complete copy of the genome as Euk divides. Typically they do, but the process isn't perfect. Any extra copies of its DNA are then simply recycled post-mitosis.

    Currently, Euk is the top dog "predator" in its ecosystem, as its massive size (ten times as large as a standard bacterium) means it is essentially uneatable. However, it is only a matter of time before this position is lost, as evolution takes its course, both in Euk's offspring, and in its bacterial prey...

    Eukaryota's Stats:
    • Diet: Bacteria, Food Particles
    • Reproduction: Primitive, Haphazard Mitosis
    • Habitat: Medium-Depth Water
    • Population: 10/10 (Population is essentially a measure of the successfulness of Euk, from 1, nearly extinct, to 10, top dog.)
    • Size: 10 Standard Bacterial Lengths
    • Speed: Dependent on Flow of Water, Immotile (Zero)
    • Intelligence: 0
    • Senses: Basic Chemical Senses
    • Abilities: None


    Generation Index
    Generation 1
    Generation 2
    Generation 3
    Generation 4
    Generation 5
    Generation 6
    Generation 7
    Generation 8
    Generation 9
    Generation 10





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    Re: Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 08:56:34 pm »
    Floating along at the whim of the tides is no way to go through life, son.  Learn to move around.
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    Re: Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 08:59:52 pm »
    Evolve feeding, leaning towards chemosynthesis or photosynthesis.
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    Re: Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 09:54:53 am »
    Going to go ahead and lock it, tie win between Feeding and Movement.

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    Re: Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 09:55:12 am »
    Migrate to deeper waters. I want to see some deepsea action!
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    Re: Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 10:06:27 am »
    The mighty Flisch graces my game with his presence  :D I'm guessing you already voted?
    « Last Edit: January 25, 2013, 10:27:17 am by Raz »

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    Re: Eukaryota - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 01:56:07 pm »
    Generation 2: Eukaryota amoebus


    As time passed, Euk came to evolve a cytoskeleton that allowed it to form pseudopods to greatly increase its ability to feed, as well as doubling its size in the process. The cytoskeleton also had a secondary evolution where some of it "poked" out of the plasma membrane. These protrusions evolved quickly into their own organelles, with protein motors to facilitate a rowing movement. These cilia also allowed for some basic kinesthetic senses to evolve. But not all was well. Other forms of Eukaryota evolved, specifically Eukaryota protectus (Shieldcell), and Eukaryota flagellus (Swimmingcell).

    Shieldcell (lower right) developed a tough exterior cell wall, one that Euk couldn't break down, making Shieldcell impervious to Euk.

    In contract, Swimmingcell (top) developed a flagellum, which, along with its streamlined-body and smaller size, means it's three times faster than Euk, and therefore almost always escapes Euk.

    These two competitors eat the same food supply as Euk, reducing the amount of food available to Euk, and reducing its population greatly. In addition to these cells, Euk is beginning to have to contend with the development of toxic bacteria that it can't eat, however, these toxic bacteria do not exist in large enough numbers to severely reduce Euk's population. Euk is beginning to feel the pressure of natural selection...

    Euk's Stats:
    • Diet: Nontoxic Bacteria, Food Particles
    • Reproduction: Primitive, Haphazard Mitosis
    • Habitat: Depths of 100m-200m (Epipelagic)
    • Population: 4/10 (Competitive Predator)
    • Size: 20 Standard Bacterial Lengths
    • Speed: 1/7 - Weak Cilia Beating (Very Slow)
    • Intelligence: 0
    • Senses: Basic Chemical Senses; Basic Kinesthetic Senses
    • Abilities: Engulf Prey, Move via Cilia
    « Last Edit: January 25, 2013, 02:04:42 pm by Raz »

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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 2) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 02:01:04 pm »
    Evolve to eat the ShieldCell, for much glory.
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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 2) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 03:27:56 pm »
    Yes, eat the competition!
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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 2) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 04:48:21 pm »
    I'm going to go ahead and lock it down with a tie win between Kinesthetic Senses and Eat Shieldcell. We're getting more done faster this way, too, and I'm itching to draw more.

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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 2) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #10 on: January 25, 2013, 07:23:12 pm »
    Generation 3: Eukaryota cellulase


    Attempting to eat Shieldcells had often make Euks die, but eventually, one Euk ate a Shieldcell and had the necessary mutations and proteins to actually break down the cellulose walls into basic sugars, and then consume the cowardly Shieldcell hiding within as well. Thus, Eukaryota cellulase was born. At the same time, Euk's ability to interpret the information from its cilia increased, allowing it to "perceive" both the direction and size of foreign objects based on the position of its cilia. This would help in isolating and attacking Shieldcells, increasing its success.

    However, this pressure would not be ignored by the Shieldcells. A mutation and a few clusters of cells later, and Eukaryota polyprotectii was born, Shieldwalls. Shieldwalls were simply Shieldcells fashioned together into a one-cell-think layer, a layer that Euks couldn't break or consume. Shieldcell also split into Eukaryota armorus, or Tankcell, essentially a Shieldcell with cilia to move.

    Meanwhile, Swimmingcell eventually split into Eukaryota polyflagellii, or Lightningcells. Lightningcells were incredibly fast, maintaining their ancestor's streamlined body, but with five flagella instead of just one. But more importantly, Swimmingcell also split into Eukaryota rupturii, or Breakcell. Breakcells, through some strange mutation, evolved an additional, but malformed and immotile flagellum on their front, one that became streamlined and straight. This malformation suddenly became extremely useful when a Breakcell accidentally rammed a Euk, ripping open its plasma membrane and killing the Euk. This proboscis and cell quickly multiplied and spread, strengthened its one flagellum, and began to proceed to attack every other species. Breakcell is now the alpha predator.

    But the greatest and most sudden development for life is the evolution of photosynthesis, in a variety of competing colors; blue, red, yellow, green, and purple. Energy is suddenly far more available to these "photobacteria", resulting in an unparallelled explosion of photobacteria, as well as an arms race between the photobacteria to determine the best and most efficient color. Currently, the primary competitors are red and blue, with yellow following closely behind, and green and purple the least successful. Perhaps most strangely, Shieldcells have begun selectively eating yellow photobacteria, Shieldwalls have begun isolating blue photobacteria, and Tankcells are pursuing red photobacteria.

    One final problem is that the green and purple photobacteria are highly toxic to Euks, but their low numbers are not posing too much of a problem, as Euk has adapted to stop devouring spherical bacteria. However, this has also meant that Euk does not eat the red photobacteria, cutting it off from a major, growing source of food.

    Euk is now faced with a number of problems, and a variety of paths to take...

    Euk's Stats:
    • Diet: Nontoxic Bacteria, Blue Photobacteria, Yellow Photobacteria, Shieldcells (Very successful at hunting), Tankcells (Somewhat successful at hunting)
    • Predators: Breakcell
    • Reproduction: Primitive, Haphazard Mitosis
    • Habitat: Depths of 100m-200m (Epipelagic)
    • Population: 5/10 (Competitive Prey/Predator)
    • Size: 30 Standard Bacterial Lengths
    • Speed: 1/7 - Weak Cilia Beating (Very Slow)
    • Intelligence: 0
    • Senses;
      +Basic Chemical Senses (Can identify foreign species through membrane contact and hostile chemical environments.)
      +Simple Kinesthetic Senses (Can identify direction of contact and size of contact.)
    • Abilities: Engulf Prey, Move via Cilia, Cellulose Digestion

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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 3) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 08:01:36 pm »
    Evolve to eat breakcells.
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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 3) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #12 on: January 26, 2013, 05:43:27 pm »
    Evolve feeding wins, now to work!

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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 3) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #13 on: January 26, 2013, 06:24:44 pm »
    Hooray!
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    Re: Eukaryota (Gen 4) - The Game of Directed Evolution
    « Reply #14 on: January 26, 2013, 09:10:24 pm »
    Generation 4: Eukaryota insidiae


    Euk wouldn't stand for being attacked by Breakcells for long, and having the flagella-blessed species slip past it was also thoroughly annoying. Thus, it soon evolved an outer protective, sticky smile coating, known as Eukaryota insidiae. Breakcells can no longer strike Euk with enough force to break his plasma membrane, leading to Euk devouring the Breakcells as they become trapped by the slime. The slime coating also helps with catching other species of cells, but things aren't too good for Euk, as many of its prey are beginning to die off. This die off is the result of the massive explosion in biodiversity, as multicellular organisms are arising, and unicellular ones are being beaten out, forced into extinction, or forced to adapt.

    Euk's greatest food supply, the Shieldcell, has gone extinct from the pressure of Euk, and from the competitive pressure of more advanced species that have arisen, such as Eukaryota cruxarmorus, Armored Cross (top middle), and Eukaryota turboaquaus, Water Tornado (top left). Armored Cross is one of the first photosynthesizing eukaryotes, utilizing endosymbiotic red photobacteria, while Shieldwall has become Protecta caulus, or Shieldstalk. Shieldstalk also photosynthesizes, but with endosymbiotic blue photobacteria. Other species have exploded onto the scene as well, but there are far too many to detail now and most are unimportant.

    The photosynthetic arms race has left only red and blue standing so far, with the pair duking it by feeding largely on two different spectrums of light.

    Euk is now also confined to a specific area of the ocean, instead of being a global species. It has no predators currently, but that is likely to change very soon. The main threat to Euk now is falling behind the evolutionary curve, as its food supplies are drying up. Shieldcell has gone extinct, Breakcells have largely lost their once massive evolutionary edge and will soon go extinct, yellow photobacteria went extinct. The one good thing that has happened is that green and purple photobacteria died off, allowing Euk to feed on red photobacteria once more. Generation 5 is coming up, and Euk has no choice but to go multicellular. The question is, what path will it take exactly?

    Euk's Stats:
    • Diet: Nontoxic Bacteria, Blue Photobacteria, Red Photobacteria, Breakcells
    • Predators: None
    • Reproduction: Mitosis
    • Habitat: Depths of 100m-200m (Epipelagic)
    • Population: 2/10 (Failing Species)
    • Size: 30 Standard Bacterial Lengths
    • Speed: 1/7 - Weak Cilia Beating (Very Slow)
    • Intelligence: 0
    • Senses;
      +Basic Chemical Senses (Can identify foreign species through membrane contact and hostile chemical environments.)
      +Simple Kinesthetic Senses (Can identify direction of contact and size of contact.)
    • Abilities: Engulf Prey, Move via Cilia, Cellulose Digestion, Slime Coating
    « Last Edit: January 26, 2013, 09:15:55 pm by Raz »