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

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

by Elisabeth S. Vrba
     
 

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

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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 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:
08/01/2005
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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