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Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline

David Sepkoski


Although fossils have provided some of the most important evidence for evolution, the discipline of paleontology has not always had a central place in evolutionary biology. Beginning in Darwin's day, and for much of the twentieth century, paleontologists were often regarded as mere fossil collectors by many evolutionary biologists, their attempts to contribute to evolutionary theory ignored or regarded with scorn. In the 1950s, however, paleontologists began mounting a counter-movement that insisted on the valid, important, and original contribution of paleontology to evolutionary theory. This ... More

Keywords: fossils, evolution, paleontology, evolutionary biology, Darwin, paleobiology, Stephen Jay Gould, Niles Eldredge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226748559
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sepkoski, author