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The Theory of EvolutionPrinciples, Concepts, and Assumptions$
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Samuel M. Scheiner and David P. Mindell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226671024

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226671338.001.0001

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Historicizing the Synthesis

Historicizing the Synthesis

Critical Insights and Pivotal Moments in the Long History of Evolutionary Theory

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The Theory of Evolution

Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis

University of Chicago Press

This paper focuses on pivotal moments in the long history of evolutionary biology in the way of understanding some of the major developments leading to the synthetic theory of evolution. It tracks the early history of our understanding of evolution leading to establishment of the Darwin-Wallace theory of evolution, the rise of Mendelian genetics, the eclipse of Darwin, and the origins of theoretical population genetics. It pays special attention to the evolutionary synthesis and the establishment of the modern synthetic theory of evolution, the discipline of evolutionary biology, and its subsequent success around the time of Darwin Centennial of 1959, and its challenges in the 1980s. The extent to which more recent developments necessitate the need for an extended synthesis is also assessed.

Keywords:   history of evolution, Darwin-Wallace theory, Mendelian genetics, eclipse of Darwin, theoretical population genetics, synthetic theory, modern synthesis, Darwin Centennial, extended synthesis

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