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Evolution and Ecology: The Pace of Life (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)by K. D. Bennett
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The mechanisms of macroevolutionary change are a contentious issue. Paleoecological evidence, presented in this book, shows that evolutionary processes visible in ecological time cannot be used to predict macroevolutionary trends, contrary to Darwin's original thesis. The author discusses how climatic oscillations on ice-age timescales are paced by variations in the Earth's orbit, and have thus been a permanent feature of Earth history. There is, however, little evidence for macroevolutionary change in response to these climatic changes, suggesting that over geological time, macroevolution does not occur as a result of accumulated short term processes. These conclusions are used to construct a postmodern evolutionary synthesis in which evolution and ecology play an equal role. Written by a leading paleoecologist, this book will be of interest to researchers in both ecology and evolutionary biology.
Macroevolution is currently an area of considerable debate. In this highly readable book a leading palaeoecologist develops a new evolutionary synthesis based on evidence that, contrary to Darwinâ€™s ideas, the fossil record of the ice-ages shows that short term evolutionary processes cannot be extrapolated to longer timescales.
Macroevolution is the process of long term evolutionary change. This book looks at the contribution of the fossil record of the ice-ages to understanding the contentious mechanisms of macroevolution. It shows that processes observable in ecological time (10s or 100s of years) cannot be extrapolated to geological time (millions of years). It is aimed at research workers in ecology and evolution, and is the first work to synthesise the mechanisms of evolutionary change across the full range of timescales.
Evolutionary synthesis using contribution of recent fossil record to understand mechanisms of macroevolutionary change.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -225) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Development of ideas; 3. Orbital-forcing of climatic oscillations; 4. Geological evidence for orbital-forcing; 5. Biological response: distribution; 6. Biological response: evolution; 7. Biological response: extinction; 8. Evolution and ecology: synthesis; References; Index.
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