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The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology
     

The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology

by David Sepkoski, Michael Ruse
 

ISBN-10: 0226748618

ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Pub. Date: 05/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The Paleobiological Revolution chronicles the incredible ascendance of the once-maligned science of paleontology to the vanguard of a field. With the establishment of the modern synthesis in the 1940s and the pioneering work of George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, as well as the subsequent efforts of Stephen Jay Gould, David Raup,

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The Paleobiological Revolution chronicles the incredible ascendance of the once-maligned science of paleontology to the vanguard of a field. With the establishment of the modern synthesis in the 1940s and the pioneering work of George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, as well as the subsequent efforts of Stephen Jay Gould, David Raup, and James Valentine, paleontology became embedded in biology and emerged as paleobiology, a first-rate discipline central to evolutionary studies. Pairing contributions from some of the leading actors of the transformation with overviews from historians and philosophers of science, the essays here capture the excitement of the seismic changes in the discipline. In so doing, David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse harness the energy of the past to call for further study of the conceptual development of modern paleobiology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226748610
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Paleontology at the High Table
            Michael Ruse and David Sepkoski

Part I: Major Innovations in Paleobiology

1.  The Emergence of Paleobiology
            David Sepkoski

2. The Fossil Record: Biological or Geological Signal?
            Michael J. Benton
           

3. Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic
            Richard A. Fortey
           

4. The Discovery of Conodont Anatomy and Its Importance for Understanding the Early History of Vertebrates
            Richard J. Aldridge and Derek E. J. Briggs

5. Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science
            J. William Schopf

6. Dinosaurs at the Table
            John R. Horner
           

7. Ladders, Bushes, Punctuations, and Clades: Hominid Paleobiology in the Late Twentieth Century
            Tim White

8.  Punctuated Equilibria and Speciation: What Does It Mean to Be a Darwinian?
            Patricia Princehouse

9.  Molecular Evolution vis-à-vis Paleontology
            Francisco J. Ayala

Part II: The Historical and Conceptual Significance of Recent Paleontology

10.  Beyond Detective Work: Empirical Testing in Paleontology
            Derek Turner

11. Taxic Paleobiology and the Pursuit of a Unified Evolutionary Theory
     Todd A. Grantham

12. Ideas in Dinosaur Paleontology:  Resonating to Social, Political, and Popular Context
            David E. Fastovsky

13. Reg Sprigg and the Discovery of the Ediacara Fauna in South Australia: Its Approach to the High Table
            Susan Turner and David Oldroyd

           

14. The Morphological Tradition in German Paleontology: Otto Schindewolf, Walter Zimmermann, and Adolf Seilacher
            Manfred D. Laubichler and Karl J. Niklas

15.  “Radical” or “Conservative”? The Origin and Early Reception of Punctuated Equilibrium
            David Sepkoski

16.  The Shape of Evolution: The MBL Model and Clade Shape
            John Huss

17.  Ritual Patricide: Why Stephen Jay Gould assassinated George Gaylord Simpson
            Joe Cain

18.  The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World
            Arnold I. Miller

Part III: Reflections on Recent Paleobiology

19.  The Infusion of Biology into Paleontological Research
            James W. Valentine
           

20. From Empirical Paleoecology to Evolutionary Paleobiology: A Personal Journey
            Richard Bambach

21.  Intellectual Evolution Across an Academic Landscape
            Rebecca Z. German

22. The Problem of Punctuational Speciation and Trends in the Fossil Record
            Anthony Hallam

23. Punctuated Equilibrium versus Community Evolution
            Arthur J. Boucot

24. An Interview with David M. Raup
            Edited by David Sepkoski and David M. Raup

25.  Paleontology in the Twenty-First Century
            David Jablonski

26. Punctuations and Paradigms: Has Paleobiology Been through a Paradigm Shift?
           Michael Ruse

List of Contributors
Index

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