The Niles Eldredge Library of Evolution
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Alternative Approaches to Evolutionary Theory
Niles Eldredge: Department of Invertebrates, The American Museum of Natural History,
Abstract for Complejidad 2010, the Fifth Biennial International Meeting on the Philosophical, Epistemological, and Methodological Implications of Complexity Theory.
Havana, Cuba. January 2010
A Matter of Individuality: Hierarchy Theory at the Dawn of Evolutionary Biology
Niles Eldredge and Stefano Dominici
Download: Havana_Abstract.pdf (File size: 16k, 2 pages) - posted Sept 15, 2009
The Original Papers on Punctuated Equilibria
Download Citation: Eldredge, N. and Stephen J. Gould. 1972. Punctuated Equilibria: An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism. In Schopf, Thomas J.M. (ed.), Models in Paleobiology, pp. 82-115. Freeman, Cooper and Co., San Francisco. (File size: 6.2 MB, 35 pages)
The Dynamics of Evolutionary Stasis
Abstract.—The fossil record displays remarkable stasis in many species over long time periods, yet studies of extant populations often reveal rapid phenotypic evolution and genetic differentiation among populations. Recent advances in our understanding of the fossil record and in population genetics and evolutionary ecology point to the complex geographic structure of species being fundamental to resolution of how taxa can commonly exhibit both short-term evolutionary dynamics and long-term stasis.
Accepted: 17 April 2004.
Download: “The Dynamics of Evolutionary Stasis” Paleobiology, 31(2), 2005, pp.133–145: PDF file (296k, 13 pages)
“Confessions of a Darwinist”–published in the Spring Issue 2006 of the Virginia Quarterly Review–which Slate recently has said is currently “burning up the magazine world.” In this piece I link my own research career in evolution with the production of the exhibition Darwin, and its companion book Darwin. Discovering the Tree of Life.
Download: “Confessions of a Darwinist” Virginia Quarterly Review: PDF file (969k, 23 pages)
A“review” of “Darwin’s other books”--meaning his unpublished Red and Transmutation Notebooks, his 1842 “Sketch,” and his 1844 “Essay”--all important milestones of his development of his theory of evolution by natural selection, and all unpublished in his lifetime. It is published in an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal called PloS--standing for the Public Library of Science:
Download Citation: Eldredge N (2005) Darwin’s Other Books: “Red” and “Transmutation” Notebooks, “Sketch,” “Essay,” and Natural Selection. PLoS Biol 3(11): e382.
Phylogenetics and Material Cultural Evolution
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Also pertaining to the opening of the Darwin exhibition, and the publication of my companion volume Darwin. Discovering the Tree of Life, is this short piece I published in Natural History:
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