Steven Jay Gould wrote about this in his many books and articles about the evolution of complex life, finding a recurring pattern that he termed “early experimentation and later standardization”.

In the early stages of an ecosystem the competitive pressure are less, leading to many wierd and wonderful lifeforms as evolution experimented. These are slowly winnowed away by competitive pressure. He even found evidence of this in the history of baseball.

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