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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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Punctuated Equilibria and Speciation: What Does It Mean to Be a Darwinian?

Punctuated Equilibria and Speciation: What Does It Mean to Be a Darwinian?

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(p.149) Chapter Eight Punctuated Equilibria and Speciation: What Does It Mean to Be a Darwinian?
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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Patricia Primehouse

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0009

This chapter investigates whether Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould's theory of punctuated equilibrium challenges the central foundations of Darwinism. It argues that punctuated equilibrium has successfully influenced important work on hierarchy in natural selection that was instrumental in gaining recognition and respect for paleobiology among evolutionary biologists. This chapter also discusses what it means to be a Darwinian.

Keywords:   punctuated equilibrium, Darwinism, Niles Eldredge, Stephen Jay Gould, natural selection, paleobiology, evolutionary biologists

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