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Taxic Paleobiology and the Pursuit of a Unified Evolutionary Theory

Todd A. Grantham

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/9780226748597.003.0012
Taxic Paleobiology and the Pursuit of a Unified Evolutionary Theory

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This chapter examines the emergence of taxic paleobiology during the early 1980s, which was advocated by its proponents as a solution to the problem of independent levels of selection within the evolutionary process. It describes how the development of taxic paleobiology affected the paleobiology/neontology interface during the 1980s and explains the principal differences between neontology and paleobiology. The analysis reveals that though taxic methods quickly became influential among paleontologists, they had little impact in evolutionary studies and that the rise of taxic methods did not seem to promote closer collaboration across disciplines.

Keywords: taxic paleobiology; evolutionary process; neontology; taxic methods; evolutionary studies

Chapter.  8540 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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