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Eternal EphemeraAdaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond$
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Niles Eldredge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153164

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153164.001.0001

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Approaching Adaptation and the Origin of Species

Approaching Adaptation and the Origin of Species

(p.1) Introduction Approaching Adaptation and the Origin of Species
Eternal Ephemera

Niles Eldredge

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discourse regarding evolutionary biology, particularly the theme of the “origin of species,” adaptation, geographic species replacement, and stasis. It presents the core rationale of the book, which focuses on the advancement of a natural causal explanation for the origin of species, along with the addition of the phenomenon of adaptation prompted by natural selection. The first part of the book recounts the story of the development of evolutionary theory in France, Italy, and Great Britain—a story inspired by Isaac Newton's persistence that there be natural causes for natural phenomena. The second part considers the arrival of adaptation on the evolutionary conceptual scene.

Keywords:   evolutionary biology, origin of species, adaptation, geographic species replacement, stasis, natural causes

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