Macroevolution: Diversity, Disparity, Contingency: Essays in Honor of Stephen Jay Gould

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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was one of the most prominent scientists of recent decades, a man whose expertise ranged from paleontology to evolutionary theory and the history of science. He was an unabashedly popular figure, attracting standing-room-only audiences to his lectures at Harvard and around the world. In his monthly Natural History columns and innumerable articles and books, Gould made evolution interesting in a way that hardly anyone—since the time of Darwin and ...

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Overview

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was one of the most prominent scientists of recent decades, a man whose expertise ranged from paleontology to evolutionary theory and the history of science. He was an unabashedly popular figure, attracting standing-room-only audiences to his lectures at Harvard and around the world. In his monthly Natural History columns and innumerable articles and books, Gould made evolution interesting in a way that hardly anyone—since the time of Darwin and Huxley—had been able to do.
In Macroevolution, major themes of Gould's work are reassessed in light of new research by his contemporaries. The book includes original essays by such noted scholars as Niles Eldredge, Richard Fortey, and Lynn Margulis on heterochrony, disparity, and macroevolution, stasis and the dynamics of evolutionary change, and mass extinctions. Fourteen essays provide an expansive overview of contemporary evolutionary theory. Macroevolution is a unique tribute to Gould that will be a valuable educational resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the work of this scientific provocateur.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891276491
  • Publisher: Paleontological Society
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Laws of Life Symposia Ser.
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth S. Vrba is professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and a curator of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. Niles Eldredge is curator in the Department of Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Table of Contents

1 Disparity, adaptation, exaptation, bookkeeping, and contingency at the genome level 1
2 Heterochrony, disparity, and macroevolution 17
3 Whale barnacles : exaptational access to a forbidden paradise 27
4 Tempo and mode of early animal evolution : inferences from rocks, hox, and molecular clocks 36
5 The competitive Darwin 56
6 Key innovations, convergence, and success : macroevolutionary lessons from plant phylogeny 77
7 Wonderful strife : systematics, stem groups, and the phylogenetic signal of the Cambrian radiation 94
8 Stephen Jay Gould on species selection : 30 years of insight 113
9 The neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography and Stephen Jay Gould 122
10 The dynamics of evolutionary stasis
11 The evolution of complexity without natural selection, a possible large-scale trend of the fourth kind 146
12 Mass turnover and heterochrony events in response to physical change 157
13 "Imperfections and oddities" in the origin of the nucleus 175
14 Mass extinctions and macroevolution 192
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