punctuated equilibrium

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punctuated equilibrium

the theory that evolutionary change has occurred during short periods of rapid change punctuated by periods of stability Such a process would be characterized by the absence of an infinite range of intermediate forms, and supporters of the theory point to the vertebrate fossil record as evidence.
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For instance, Hawkes dredges up an old creationist misconception that Gould and Eldredge's theory of punctuated equilibrium is somehow radically disconnected from "Darwinian evolution" when it is, in fact, nothing more than an extension of the Darwinian concept of allopatric speciation
then demonstrates how application of Whitehead's naturalism can overcome these difficulties, providing a rationale for, and an understanding of, the emergence of higher-level actualities and the theory of punctuated equilibrium.
xii) that his conclusions "differ from those of Darwin, the modern evolutionary synthesis, and the theory of punctuated equilibrium in being much more pluralistic.
This could indeed resemble what Gould described in his theory of punctuated equilibrium.

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