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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Punctuated equilibriumUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
Review: Punctuated EquilibriumUser Review - Joel Brumfield - Goodreads
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
1 WHAT EVERY PALEONTOLOGIST KNOWS
2 THE PRIMARY CLAIMS OF PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM
CRITIQUES AND RESPONSES
4 SOURCES OF DATA FOR TESTINGPUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM
5 THE BROADER IMPLICATIONS OF PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM FOR EVOLUTIONARY THEORY AND GENERAL NOTIONS OF CHAN...