Evolution: Palaeontology at the high table

  title={Evolution: Palaeontology at the high table},
  author={John Maynard Smith},
Archaeology’s quest for a seat at the high table of anthropology
Between 1900 and 1970, American archaeologists perceived themselves as second-class anthropologists because the archaeological record suggested little not already known ethnographically, archaeologyExpand
Stephen Jay Gould, Jack Sepkoski, and the ‘Quantitative Revolution’ in American Paleobiology
This paper describes the process of transformation of paleontology in the 1970s, and presents Sepkoski’s education and participation as exemplary of the “new model paleontologist”, which Gould hoped to produce. Expand
The telomeric sync model of speciation: species-wide telomere erosion triggers cycles of transposon-mediated genomic rearrangements, which underlie the saltatory appearance of nonadaptive characters
  • R. Stindl
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • 2014
Evidence is presented for the existence of a cell biological mechanism that strongly points to the almost forgotten European concept of saltatory evolution of nonadaptive characters, which is in perfect agreement with the gaps in the fossil record. Expand
Animal Behavior, Population Biology and the Modern Synthesis (1955–1985)
The history of animal behavior studies after the synthesis period is examined, considering the adoption of the theory of natural selection, the mathematization of ideas, and the spread of molecular methods in behavior studies to highlight some limitations of “conjunction narratives” centered on the relation between a discipline and the modern synthesis. Expand
Patterns of morphological evolution in the skull of turtles: contributions from digital paleontology, neuroanatomy and biomechanics
Turtles are one of the most enigmatic groups of vertebrates with their highly modified body plan and, as such, attracted the attention of researchers for a long time. Aside from the obvious and oddExpand
The Unfinished Synthesis?: Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology in the 20th Century
This essay considers three linked questions: were paleontologists genuinely welcomed into the Synthetic project during its initial stages, was the initial promise of the role for paleontology realized during the decades between 1950 and 1980, when the Synthesis supposedly “hardened” to an “orthodoxy”, and did the period of organized dissent and opposition to this orthodoxy bring about a long-delayed completion. Expand
Introduction: Towards a global history of paleontology: The paleontological reception of Darwin's thought.
Examining how paleontologists in a variety of traditions received Darwin's Origin and how they adapted their own practices according to the specific social, economic, and scientific conditions of their own local contexts between the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries fills a gap in the literature on the comparative reception of Darwinism. Expand
Paleontology: Outrunning Time
In this paper, I discuss several temporal aspects of paleontology from a philosophical perspective. I begin by presenting the general problem of “taming” deep time to make it comprehensible at aExpand
Development: Paleobotany at the High Table of Evo–Devo
A Carboniferous root apex reiterates the importance of the fossil record and classic developmental plant anatomy for modern evo-devo perspectives on plant diversity and evolution.
Evolution as a Largely Autonomous Process
It is argued that much can be gained by explicitly considering that fitness has a significant intrinsic component, determined by how well different traits are adapted to each other, and that in the Modern Synthesis fitness is regarded as determined exclusively byHow well traits are suited to the biotic and abiotic environment. Expand