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Punctuated Equilibria and Speciation: What Does It Mean to Be a Darwinian?

Patricia Primehouse

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/9780226748597.003.0009
Punctuated Equilibria and Speciation: What Does It Mean to Be a Darwinian?

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This chapter investigates whether Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould's theory of punctuated equilibrium challenges the central foundations of Darwinism. It argues that punctuated equilibrium has successfully influenced important work on hierarchy in natural selection that was instrumental in gaining recognition and respect for paleobiology among evolutionary biologists. This chapter also discusses what it means to be a Darwinian.

Keywords: punctuated equilibrium; Darwinism; Niles Eldredge; Stephen Jay Gould; natural selection; paleobiology; evolutionary biologists

Chapter.  11040 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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