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Punctuations and Paradigms: Has Paleobiology Been through a Paradigm Shift?

Michael Ruse

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/9780226748597.003.0027
Punctuations and Paradigms: Has Paleobiology Been through a Paradigm Shift?

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This chapter evaluates whether the development of paleobiology over the past several decades constitutes a genuine scientific revolution or paradigm shift. It analyzes a number of criteria by which this era of paleobiology might be judged to have been revolutionary and compares the development of paleobiology with other major shifts in modern natural sciences. This chapter argues that the paleobiological revolution was an event of significant importance in the history of recent science and a subject worthy of continued and serious historical and philosophical study.

Keywords: paleobiological revolution; paradigm shift; scientific revolution; modern natural sciences; paleobiology

Chapter.  4563 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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