Evolution in Fossil Lineages: Paleontology and The Origin of Species

  title={Evolution in Fossil Lineages: Paleontology and The Origin of Species},
  author={Gene Hunt},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={S61 - S76}
  • G. Hunt
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Environmental Science, Geography, Geology
  • The American Naturalist
Of all of the sources of evidence for evolution by natural selection, perhaps the most problematic for Darwin was the geological record of organic change. In response to the absence of species‐level transformations in the fossil record, Darwin argued that the fossil record was too incomplete, too biased, and too poorly known to provide strong evidence against his theory. Here, this view of the fossil record is evaluated in light of 150 years of subsequent paleontological research. Although… 
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