What was the evolutionary synthesis?

@article{Mayr1993WhatWT,
  title={What was the evolutionary synthesis?},
  author={Ernst Mayr},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={1993},
  volume={8 1},
  pages={31-4}
}
There has not been another scientific revolution that caused as much turmoil and dissension as the darwinian one. For almost 80 years it was again and again pronounced to be a failure and to be totally refuted, and at least three major alternatives were proposed to replace it. Yet, in the 1930s-1940s the opposing views were quickly and decisively refuted and a largely unified evolutionary theory emerged. Why and how this happened, however, is still rather controversial. 

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