....Another post by my NS202 people
Natural constraints aren't only bad things. They simply shape the way in which the system is able to grow and develop. The constraints are what guided our zometools into the shape that it eventually evolved into. However, we were restrained in terms of creating a shape due to the strength and shapes of the materials. Because there were only a certain set of lengths of lines, we had to make sure we positioned the balls in appropriate ways. Additionally, we worked with our constraints to make the model a complete body (rather than small, awkward parts). As we formed one giant organism and became more familiar with our constraints, we were able to evolve and work more efficiently.
Because nature (and the external environment) is always evolving, there is no "final product" in nature. All organisms are constantly evolving to become more adapted and efficient in the ever-changing environment. The constraints that we faced during this process were not all visible ones. The thinness of the materials and the size of the task is clearly visible, but things like time, actual strength, alignment, and other challenges come about.
An innovation that we have discovered is the innovation of zometools. Humans created these as a tool for teaching and exploring the world in which we live. Human's unwavering sense of curiosity causes us to innovate daily as we invent new tools some of which, like zometools, are used to learn even more!