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Toward a New Macroevolutionary Synthesis

David Sepkoski

in Rereading the Fossil Record

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226748559
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748580.003.0011
Toward a New Macroevolutionary Synthesis

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This chapter explores the mechanisms of macroevolutionary synthesis and paleobiological contributions to it. The paleobiological revolution is effectively completed, though in a qualified sense, if the main work of the revolution—establishing a theoretical and institutional platform for paleobiology—was coming to completion to establish paleobiology's place at the “high table” of evolutionary theory as part of a necessary reformulation of the modern evolutionary synthesis. This new synthesis is primarily a theoretical and ideological campaign, and it would create space for the study of hierarchical features of macroevolution, including species selection, punctuation, and mass extinction. It shows the completion of many of the programmatic goals of paleobiological reformers, but it did not necessarily ensure the complete acceptance of paleobiology by the rest of the evolutionary biology community

Keywords: macroevolutionary synthesis; paleobiological revolution; paleobiology; paleobiological reformers; evolutionary biology community; evolutionary synthesis; hierarchical features; macroevolution; species selection

Chapter.  12145 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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