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All organisms and species are transitory, yet life endures The origin, extinction, and evolution of species interconnected in the web of life as eternal ephemera are the concern of evolutionary biology In this riveting work, renowned paleontologist Niles Eldredge follows leading thinkers as they have wrestled for than two hundred years with the eternal skein of life composed of ephemeral beings, revitalizing evolutionary science with their own, resilient findings.Eldredge begins in France with the naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck, who in 1801 first framed the overarching question about the emergence of new species The Italian geologist Giambattista Brocchi followed, bringing in geology and paleontology to expand the question In 1825, at the University of Edinburgh, Robert Grant and Robert Jameson introduced the astounding ideas formulated by Lamarck and Brocchi to a young medical student named Charles Darwin Who can doubt that Darwin left for his voyage on the Beagle in 1831 filled with thoughts about these daring new explanations for the transmutation of species.Eldredge revisits Darwin s early insights into evolution in South America and his later synthesis of knowledge into a theory of the origin of species He then considers the ideas of recent evolutionary thinkers, such as George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, as well as the young and brash Niles Eldredge and Steven Jay Gould, who set science afire with their concept of punctuated equilibria Filled with insights into evolutionary biology and told with a rich affection for the scientific arena, this book celebrates the organic, vital relationship between scientific thinking and its subjects....

Title : Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond
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ISBN : 0231153163
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Columbia University Press March 3, 2015
Number of Pages : 416 pages
File Size : 563 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond Reviews

  • R. Lundberg
    2019-03-08 19:24

    This is a book you should read, because it will give you insight into the foundational thinking of the theories of evolution current in Darwin's time and how he synthesized them along with his own research. The author's plodding style makes the book bait of a slog, hence the three stars. YouMUST read Arrival Of The Fittest either before or after this one because it will give the true state of play in evolution, i e epigenetics.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-14 20:23

    Evolution is done a great justice with this book.

  • Jude
    2019-02-28 15:29

    Finally! A very well written,accessible account of the history and development of major breakthroughs in evolutionary theory by one of our leading evolutionists! Well done!

  • Kari Saarvola, s.c.
    2019-02-24 18:35

    I have read this several times and also used it to refresh my thinking

  • robert l anderson
    2019-02-24 16:45

    Excellent. Exactly what I was searching for.

  • kevin w. wright
    2019-02-23 19:37

    I have read other books by Niles Eldredge. I found this book to be the most interesting of the lot. I would recommend this book highly to a well read audience.

  • Steve G
    2019-03-07 12:23

    I enjoyed this book (that I received as an advanced reader copy via Netgalley). It's not just about evolution, it’s about how the theory of evolution was developed and the battle between continual modification and punctuated equilibria. The book also discusses the interplay between evolutionary biologists, paleontologists and molecular biologists. Author Niles Eldredge included his personal journey in the book as well, particularly when he figuratively and literally followed in Darwin’s footsteps. I recommend this book for anyone interested in evolution. It makes an interesting counterpoint to Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene. Eternal Ephemera is more technical, but covers more ground, than Darwin’s Ghosts by Rebecca Stott, although I will say that Stott’s book was more fun to read.

  • Maxine McLister
    2019-03-14 19:23

    For most of us outside the scientific community, our understanding of evolution begins and ends with Charles Darwin. But, as paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Niles Eldredge shows us in his well-written, well-documented, and extremely interesting book, Eternal Ephemera, Darwin is only part of the story albeit a very important part. Eldredge takes us through two hundred years of evolutionary theory beginning with French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck who, in 1801, first began to ponder the question of how new species developed and continues right up to the present including Eldredge's own contributions to the theory on punctuated equilibria which he helped to develop along with Stephen Jay Gould. He provides the reader with a view of not only the ephemeral lives of species but of the evolution of the ideas on evolution. Along with the science and the history, Eldredge makes the story more personal by writing about his own journey following Darwin's footsteps literally through many of the places Darwin visited on the HMS Beagle. Eternal Ephemera provides a highly readable and highly cogent read for anyone who is interested in both the history and the science of evolution written by one of the most important thinkers in the field and I recommend it highly.