Punctuated Equilibrium (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Science - 408 pages
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In 1972 Stephen Jay Gould took the scientific world by storm with his paper on punctuated equilibrium. Challenging a core assumption of Darwin's theory of evolution, it launched the controversial idea that the majority of species originates in geological moments (punctuations) and persists in stasis. Now, thirty-five years later, Punctuated Equilibrium offers his only book-length testament on a theory he fiercely promoted, repeatedly refined, and tirelessly defended.
  

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This text on punctuated equilibrium, which originally ran as the ninth chapter of Gould's 2002 magnum opus, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, stands independently as the late author's final ... Read full review

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Punctuated Equilibrium attempts to explain the seemingly large discrepancy of the number of species now as compared to the past and why there are so few today. While it is diffcult worth reading bec ause it is the best explanation to date for species evolution and disappearance. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 WHAT EVERY PALEONTOLOGIST KNOWS
14
2 THE PRIMARY CLAIMS OF PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM
39
CRITIQUES AND RESPONSES
62
4 SOURCES OF DATA FOR TESTINGPUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM
109
5 THE BROADER IMPLICATIONS OF PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM FOR EVOLUTIONARY THEORY AND GENERAL NOTIONS OF CHAN...
172
A LARGELY SOCIOLOGICAL AND FULLYPARTISAN HISTORY OF THE IMPACT AND CRITIQUE OF PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM
293
NOTES
357
BIBLIOGRAPHY
362
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
382
INDEX
385
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Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967. Gould spent most of his career as a professor at Harvard University and curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research was mainly in the evolution and speciation of land snails. Gould was a leading proponent of the theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory holds that few evolutionary changes occur among organisms over long periods of time, and then a brief period of rapid changes occurs before another long, stable period of equilibrium sets in. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science. He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. Among his many awards and honors, Gould won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His titles include; Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002, following his second bout with cancer.

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