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Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record
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Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record

Warren D. Allmon and Margaret M. Yacobucci

Abstract

The nature and concept of "species" are central to paleontology, yet the resurgence of interest in species in evolutionary biology over the past few decades has had surprisingly little impact on how paleontologists think about species. Indeed, paleontological thinking about "species" is distractingly diverse. Are species real or not? Recognizable or not? How, if at all, are species based on fossils comparable to species based on modern organisms? The answers to all of these questions are diverse. Both questions and answers are especially important, however, given the theoretical role of specie ... More

Keywords: macroevolution, paleobiology, paleontology, species, speciation, tempo and mode

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226377445
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226377582.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warren D. Allmon, editor
Cornell University

Margaret M. Yacobucci, editor
Bowling Green State University

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Front Matter

Introduction Taking Fossil Species Seriously

W. D. Allmon and Margaret M. Yacobucci

Chapter Fourteen Geographic Clines, Chronoclines, and the Fossil Record: Implications for Speciation Theory

Donald R. Prothero, Valerie J. Syverson, Kristina R. Raymond, Meena Madan, Sarah Molina, Ashley Fragomeni, Sylvana DeSantis, Anastasiya Sutyagina, and Gina L. Gage