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The structure of evolutionary theory

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002.
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"With attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwinism: that natural selection works on organisms, not genes or species; that it is almost exclusively the mechanism of adaptive evolutionary change; and that these changes are incremental, not drastic. Next, he examines the three critiques that currently  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0674006135 9780674006133
OCLC Number: 47869352
Description: xxii, 1433 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Defining and revising the structure of evolutionary theory --
PART I: THE HISTORY OF DARWINIAN LOGIC AND DEBATE: The essence of Darwinism and the basis of modern orthodoxy: an exegesis of the Origin of Species --
Seeds of hierarchy --
Internalism and laws of form: pre-Darwinian alternatives to functionalism --
The fruitful facets of Galton's polyhedron; channels and saltations in post-Darwinian formalism --
Pattern and progress on the geological stage --
The modern synthesis as a limited consensus --
PART II: TOWARDS A REVISED AND EXPANDED EVOLUTIONARY THEORY: Species as individuals in the hierarchical theory of selection --
Punctuated equilibrium and the validation of macroevolutionary theory --
The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: historical constraints and the evolution of development --
The integration of constraint and adaptation (structure and function) in ontogeny and phylogeny: structural constraints, spandrels, and the centrality of exaptation in macroevolution --
Tiers of time and trials of extrapolationism, with an epilog on the interaction of general theory and contingent theory.
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.
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