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The Paleobiological RevolutionEssays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology$
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David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001

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Taxic Paleobiology and the Pursuit of a Unified Evolutionary Theory

Taxic Paleobiology and the Pursuit of a Unified Evolutionary Theory

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(p.215) Chapter Eleven Taxic Paleobiology and the Pursuit of a Unified Evolutionary Theory
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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Todd A. Grantham

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0012

This chapter examines the emergence of taxic paleobiology during the early 1980s, which was advocated by its proponents as a solution to the problem of independent levels of selection within the evolutionary process. It describes how the development of taxic paleobiology affected the paleobiology/neontology interface during the 1980s and explains the principal differences between neontology and paleobiology. The analysis reveals that though taxic methods quickly became influential among paleontologists, they had little impact in evolutionary studies and that the rise of taxic methods did not seem to promote closer collaboration across disciplines.

Keywords:   taxic paleobiology, evolutionary process, neontology, taxic methods, evolutionary studies

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