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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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The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World

The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World

(p.364) Chapter Eighteen The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World
The Paleobiological Revolution

Arnold I. Miller

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents an historical analysis of the publication and reception of the famous “Consensus Paper Radical” in 1981, in which five competing interpretations of global marine diversity were reconciled. It discusses the work of the paper's authors Jack Sepkoski, Richard Bambach, David Raup, and Jim Valentine. This chapter examines the disagreements over trends in biodiversity and consensus-building in science and the shaping of the paleobiological agenda in the early 1980s. It highlights the explosion of research emphasizing the macroevolutionary and paleoecological processes responsible for the major features of Phanerozoic diversification and extinction after the publication of “Consensus Paper Radical.”

Keywords:   Consensus Paper Radical, marine diversity, Jack Sepkoski, Richard Bambach, David Raup, Jim Valentine, biodiversity, paleobiological agenda, Phanerozoic diversification, consensus-building

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