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Author Eldredge, Niles, author.

Title Time Frames : the Evolution of Punctuated Equilibria / Niles Eldredge
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Series Princeton legacy library
Princeton legacy library.
Contents Preface -- Evolution nowadays -- Ancient seas and evolutionary fantasies -- At sea in the American Midwest -- The emergence of punctuated equilibria : speciation and evolutionary change in ancient seas -- Paradox found: adaptation and macroevolution -- Paradox lost: species at play in the evolutionary game -- Where to? What next? -- Appendix. Punctuated equilibria : an alternative to phyletic gradualism
Summary Scientists have recently begun to question one of the pillars of modern thought--Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Certainly evolution occurs; but if it is a slow, continuous process by which one species gradually modifies itself into a new one, as Darwin believed, why are there so many missing links in the fossil records? Two eminent scientists, Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, startled the world by challenging Darwin's cherished beliefs proposing instead that once a species has evolved it rarely undergoes change, and that the evolution of new species occurs only periodically, in relatively rapid spurts. In Time Frames Niles Eldredge explains how his own work with trilobite fossils led him to this unexpected conclusion, and describes the fascinating development of the new theory of punctuated equilibria
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Subject Evolution (Biology)
Punctuated equilibrium (Evolution)
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Evolution.
Evolution (Biology)
Punctuated equilibrium (Evolution)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400860296