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Paleontology : a philosophical introduction

Author: Derek D Turner
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge introductions to philosophy and biology.
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"Imagine a planet almost exactly like ours, but with one crucial difference: it has no fossils. Call this imaginary planet Afossilia. Afossilia and Earth harbor the very same kinds of living things, from ferns to human beings to E. coli bacteria. Both planets have the same surface features and the same types of rocks. And both have experienced exactly the same evolutionary histories, with the same species evolving  Read more...
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Turner, Derek D. (Derek Donald), 1974-
Paleontology.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010048061
(OCoLC)671709862
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Derek D Turner
ISBN: 9781139011983 1139011987 9780511921100 0511921101
OCLC Number: 722328671
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 227 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Paleontology and evolutionary theory --
A new way of looking at the fossil record --
Punctuated equilibria: provocations and problems --
The emergence of a hierarchical evolutionary theory --
The case for species selection --
Real trends --
The dynamics of evolutionary trends --
Is evolution contingent? --
Diversity and disparity --
Are genes the new fossils?
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: Derek Turner.
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Explores the far-reaching philosophical questions of paleontology, discussing diverse issues such as punctuated equilibrium and species selection.  Read more...

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