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Alexandre Meinesz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226519319

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.001.0001

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The End of the Evolutionary String

The End of the Evolutionary String

The Tempo of Evolution, and Now …

(p.197) Chapter 9 The End of the Evolutionary String
How Life Began

Alexandre Meinesz

University of Chicago Press

This chapter stresses the difficulty of perceiving the immense time scale of evolution and relating it to the cyclic time scale of the natural changes observed within one generation. It discusses the three geneses of life; the hierarchy of evolutionary mechanisms; the metaphor of the central cupola of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice; transformation of species through time and the lifespan of a species; current perceptible evolution; and current unfortunate evolution.

Keywords:   evolution, time scale, origin of life, evolutionary mechanisms, cupola, Basilica of San Marco, species transformations

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