The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World

Arnold I. Miller

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:
The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World

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This chapter presents an historical analysis of the publication and reception of the famous “Consensus Paper Radical” in 1981, in which five competing interpretations of global marine diversity were reconciled. It discusses the work of the paper's authors Jack Sepkoski, Richard Bambach, David Raup, and Jim Valentine. This chapter examines the disagreements over trends in biodiversity and consensus-building in science and the shaping of the paleobiological agenda in the early 1980s. It highlights the explosion of research emphasizing the macroevolutionary and paleoecological processes responsible for the major features of Phanerozoic diversification and extinction after the publication of “Consensus Paper Radical.”

Keywords: Consensus Paper Radical; marine diversity; Jack Sepkoski; Richard Bambach; David Raup; Jim Valentine; biodiversity; paleobiological agenda; Phanerozoic diversification; consensus-building

Chapter.  7108 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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