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The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology

David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse


Paleontology has long had a troubled relationship with evolutionary biology. Suffering from a reputation as a second-tier science and conjuring images of fossil collectors and amateurs who dig up bones, it was marginalized even by Darwin himself, who worried that incompleteness in the fossil record would be used against his theory of evolution. But with the establishment of the modern synthesis in the 1940s and the pioneering work of George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, as well as the subsequent efforts of Stephen Jay Gould, David Raup, and James Valentine, paleontolo ... More

Keywords: paleontology, evolutionary biology, Darwin, fossil record, theory of evolution, George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Stephen Jay Gould, David Raup

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sepkoski, editor

Michael Ruse, editor

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Introduction: Paleontology at the High Table

David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

I Major Innovations in Paleobiology

II The Historical and Conceptual Significance of Recent Paleontology

III Reflections on Recent Paleobiology

Chapter Twenty-Four An Interview with David M. Raup

Edited by David Sepkoski and David M. Raup

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