Evolution and Ecology: The Pace of Life

Evolution and Ecology: The Pace of Life

by K. D. Bennett, Bennett K. D.
     
 

The mechanisms of macroevolutionary change have long been a contentious issue. Palaeoecological evidence, presented in this book, shows that evolutionary processes visible in ecological time do not build up into macroevolutionary trends, contrary to Darwin's original thesis. The author discusses how climatic oscillations on ice-age time-scales are paced by variations… See more details below

Overview

The mechanisms of macroevolutionary change have long been a contentious issue. Palaeoecological evidence, presented in this book, shows that evolutionary processes visible in ecological time do not build up into macroevolutionary trends, contrary to Darwin's original thesis. The author discusses how climatic oscillations on ice-age time-scales are paced by variations in the Earth's orbit, and have thus been a permanent feature of Earth history. There is, however, little evidence for macroevolutionary change in response to these climatic changes, suggesting that over geological time macroevolution does not occur as a result of accumulated short-term processes. These conclusions are used to construct a post-modern evolutionary synthesis in which evolution and ecology play an equal role. Written by a leading palaeoecologist, this book will be of interest to researchers in both ecology and evolutionary biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521390286
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Ecology Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Tables
Illustrations
Preface
1Introduction1
2Development of ideas6
3Orbital-forcing of climatic oscillations44
4Geological evidence for orbital-forcing65
5Biological response: distribution92
6Biological response: evolution154
7Biological response: extinction178
8Evolution and ecology: synthesis184
References199
Index226

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