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Rereading the Fossil Record : The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline / David Sepkoski.

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Author/Creator:
Sepkoski, David, author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2012]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (440 p.) : 42 halftones, 1 table
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Rereading the Fossil Record presents the first-ever historical account of the origin, rise, and importance of paleobiology, from the mid-nineteenth century to the late 1980s. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, David Sepkoski shows how the movement was conceived and promoted by a small but influential group of paleontologists and examines the intellectual, disciplinary, and political dynamics involved in the ascendency of paleobiology. By tracing the role of computer technology, large databases, and quantitative analytical methods in the emergence of paleobiology, this book also offers insight into the growing prominence and centrality of data-driven approaches in recent science.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction. Rereading the Fossil Record
Chapter One. Darwin's Dilemma
Chapter Two. The Growth of Theoretical Paleontology
Chapter Three. The Rise of Quantitative Paleobiology
Chapter Four. From Paleoecology to Paleobiology
Chapter Five. Punctuated Equilibria and the Rise of the New Paleobiology
Chapter Six. The Founding of a Research Journal
Chapter Seven. "Towards a Nomothetic Paleontology": The MBL Model and Stochastic Paleontology
Chapter Eight. A "Natural History of Data": The Rise of Taxic Paleobiology
Chapter Nine. The Dynamics of Mass Extinctions
Chapter Ten. Toward a New Macroevolutionary Synthesis
Conclusion. Paleontology at the High Table?
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780226748580
OCLC:
780445867
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226748580 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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