Suffering from a reputation as a second-tier science and conjuring images of fossil collectors and amateurs who dig up bones, it was marginalized even by Darwin himself, who worried that incompleteness in the fossil record would be used against his theory of evolution. But with the establishment of the modern synthesis in the s 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, paleontolo But with the establishment of the modern synthesis in the s 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.
This incredible ascendance of this once-maligned science to the vanguard of a field is chronicled in this book. Chapters here aim to capture the excitement of the seismic changes in the discipline. Forgot password? Don't have an account? All Rights Reserved.
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Sign up. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Search my Subject Specializations: Select Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. More Paleontology has long had a troubled relationship with evolutionary biology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 56 4 , Punctuationism, cladistics and the legacy of Medieval neoplatonism. Human Evolution, 3 3 , Theories of Human Evolution.
A Century of Debate, Oxford: Blackwell. Paleoanthropology: Science or mythological charter? Journal of anthropological research, 58 2 , Paranthropus paleobiology. Miscelanea en homenaje a Emiliano Aguirre, Vol. III, Paleoantropologia. Madrid : Museo Arqueolocico Regional, — Journal of Human Evolution, 35 1 , Tempo and mode in hominid evolution. Nature, , Adaptationism versus cladism in human evolution studies.
Studying Human Origins. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, Reconstruction of hominid phylogeny: a testable framework based on cladistic analysis. Journal of Human Evolution, 6 3 , Punctuated equilibria: an alternative to phyletic gradualism. Models in Paleobiology. San Francisco: Freeman, Cooper and Company, Evolutionary models, phylogenetic reconstruction, and another look at hominid phylogeny.
Contributions to Primatology, 5, In the Shadow of the Modern Synthesis? Evolutionary Anthropology, 10, Journal of the History of Biology, 3 2 , Punctuated equilibria: the tempo and mode of evolution reconsidered.
Paleobiology, 3 02 , The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme. The promise of paleobiology as a nomothetic, evolutionary discipline. Paleobiology, 6 01 , Tempo and Monde in the Macroevolutionary Reconstruction of Darwinism. Tempo and mode in evolution: genetics and paleontology 50 years after Simpson.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 7, Early hominin diversity and the emergence of the genus Homo. Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 94, Palaeobiology: the origin and evolution of a scientific discipline.
Are human beings part of the rest of nature? Paleobiology, 8 03 , The gait of Australopithecus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 38 3 , Morphological analysis of the mammalian postcranium: a developmental perspective.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 96 23 , Combining prehension and propulsion: the foot of Ardipithecus ramidus. Science, , e8.
MAYR, Ernst. Taxonomic categories in fossil hominids. The evolution of bipedal walking in the hominids. The discovery of Tertiary man.
Bipedalism in Orrorin tugenensis revealed by its femora. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 1 4 , Middle Pleistocene Hominids. After the Australopithecines.