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Ladders, Bushes, Punctuations, and Clades: Hominid Paleobiology in the Late Twentieth Century

Tim D. White

in The Paleobiological Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226748610
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0008
Ladders, Bushes, Punctuations, and Clades: Hominid Paleobiology in the Late Twentieth Century

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This chapter examines hominid paleobiology and the history of the modern interpretations of human evolution. It outlines hominid paleobiology's place in science and situates it within post-Synthetic evolutionary biology. This chapter also analyzes the institutional, intellectual, and popular factors in evolutionary interpretation of hominids, including the influence of larger debates such as cladistics and punctuated equilibrium and the disciplinary identity of paleoanthropology.

Keywords: hominid paleobiology; human evolution; evolutionary biology; cladistics; punctuated equilibrium; paleoanthropology

Chapter.  10339 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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