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Author Eldredge, Niles, author

Title Eternal ephemera : adaptation and the origin of species, from the nineteenth century through punctuated equilibria and beyond / Niles Eldredge
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource (xix, 376 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits
Contents Introduction : approaching adaptation and the origin of species -- Part I. Birth of modern evolutionary theory. 1 The advent of the modern fauna : on the births and deaths of species, 1801-1831 ; 2. Darwin and the Beagle : experimenting with transmutation, 1831-1836 ; 3. Enter adaptation, and the conflict between isolation and gradual adaptive change, 1836-1859 -- Part II. Rebellion and reinvention : the taxic perspective, 1935-. 4. Species and speciation reconsidered, 1935- ; 5. Punctuated equilibria : speciation and stasis in paleontology, 1968- ; 6. Speciation and adaptation : large-scale patterns in the evolution of life, 1972-
Summary One of evolution's fundamental questions is how the skein of life on Earth remains unbroken yet is constantly renewed by new species. What accounts for the scientific paradox that all organisms and species are ephemeral, and yet life endures, yielding more advanced players in nature's eternal play? In this riveting work, renowned scientist Niles Eldredge presents a magisterial account of leading thinkers as they wrestle with this paradox over a span of two hundred years. Eldredge begins in France with Jean Baptiste Lamarck, who in 1802 first framed the overarching question about new species
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-366) and index
Notes English
Print version record
SUBJECT Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882. On the origin of species.
On the origin of species (Darwin, Charles) fast (OCoLC)fst01356611
Subject Punctuated equilibrium (Evolution)
Evolution (Biology) -- Philosophy.
Emergence (Philosophy)
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Evolution.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Genetics & Genomics.
Emergence (Philosophy)
Evolution (Biology) -- Philosophy.
Punctuated equilibrium (Evolution)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780231526753
Other Titles Adaptation and the origin of species, from the nineteenth century through punctuated equilibria and beyond