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The Problem of Punctuational Speciation and Trends in the Fossil Record

Anthony Hallam

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/9780226748597.003.0023
The Problem of Punctuational Speciation and Trends in the Fossil Record

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This chapter offers the perspective of a paleobiologist trained in the United Kingdom. It describes the development of paleobiological interests among British paleontologists from the 1950s to the 1980s, focusing on punctuated equilibrium and the associated theory of species selection, which played an important role in the author's own research. This chapter also discusses the trends in the fossil record and provides an assessment of the significance of the idea of punctuational speciation for paleobiology generally.

Keywords: paleobiologist; United Kingdom; punctuated equilibrium; species selection; fossil record; punctuational speciation; paleobiology

Chapter.  4059 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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