Gradualism, punctuated equilibrium and the Origin of Species

@article{Rhodes1983GradualismPE,
  title={Gradualism, punctuated equilibrium and the Origin of Species},
  author={Frank Rhodes},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1983},
  volume={305},
  pages={269-272}
}
  • F. Rhodes
  • Published 22 September 1983
  • Education
  • Nature
Darwin's views on the ‘tempo and mode’ of evolution are examined through six successive editions of the Origin of Species and through unpublished manuscript material. Although Darwin was a gradualist, there was a significant overlap between his views and those of the proponents of the current theory of punctuated equilibrium. 

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