An example of the dynamics towards steady-state. Each panel shows GARD’s and quasispecies’ distance distributions at different times. Both GARD’s and quasispecies’ time dependent dynamics show the same behavior, where the steady state peak at distance = 15 grows at the expanse of the peak at distance = 60. GARD’s time dependent dynamics were sampled at fixed time intervals from t = 0 (panel A) to a time close to steady state (panel F). In parallel, the same was repeated for quasispecies. Lognormal seed used for generating this β is 1. Further details are given in the Additional file 1: Supporting Data.