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The End of the Evolutionary String

Alexandre Meinesz

in How Life Began

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226519319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226519333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.003.0010
The End of the Evolutionary String

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This chapter stresses the difficulty of perceiving the immense time scale of evolution and relating it to the cyclic time scale of the natural changes observed within one generation. It discusses the three geneses of life; the hierarchy of evolutionary mechanisms; the metaphor of the central cupola of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice; transformation of species through time and the lifespan of a species; current perceptible evolution; and current unfortunate evolution.

Keywords: evolution; time scale; origin of life; evolutionary mechanisms; cupola; Basilica of San Marco; species transformations

Chapter.  12021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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