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Unfinished Synthesis

Biological Hierarchies and Modern Evolutionary Thought

Unfinished Synthesis by Niles Eldredge
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This study provides a stimulating critique of contemporary evolutionary thought, analyzing the Modern Synthesis first developed by Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ernst Mayr, and George Gaylord Simpson. The author argues that although only genes and organisms are taken as historic "individuals" in conventional theory, species, higher taxa, and ecological entities such as populations and communities should also be construed as individuals--an approach that yields the ecological and genealogical hierarchies that interact to produce evolution. This clearly stated, controversial work will provoke much debate among evolutionary biologists, systematists, paleontologists, and ecologists, as well as a wide range of educated lay readers.
Oxford University Press; November 1985
248 pages; ISBN 9780195365139
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Title: Unfinished Synthesis
Author: Niles Eldredge