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Rereading the Fossil RecordThe Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline$
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David Sepkoski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748559

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748580.001.0001

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Toward a New Macroevolutionary Synthesis

Toward a New Macroevolutionary Synthesis

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(p.353) Chapter Ten Toward a New Macroevolutionary Synthesis
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Rereading the Fossil Record
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David Sepkoski

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748580.003.0011

This chapter explores the mechanisms of macroevolutionary synthesis and paleobiological contributions to it. The paleobiological revolution is effectively completed, though in a qualified sense, if the main work of the revolution—establishing a theoretical and institutional platform for paleobiology—was coming to completion to establish paleobiology's place at the “high table” of evolutionary theory as part of a necessary reformulation of the modern evolutionary synthesis. This new synthesis is primarily a theoretical and ideological campaign, and it would create space for the study of hierarchical features of macroevolution, including species selection, punctuation, and mass extinction. It shows the completion of many of the programmatic goals of paleobiological reformers, but it did not necessarily ensure the complete acceptance of paleobiology by the rest of the evolutionary biology community

Keywords:   macroevolutionary synthesis, paleobiological revolution, paleobiology, paleobiological reformers, evolutionary biology community, evolutionary synthesis, hierarchical features, macroevolution, species selection

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