Evolution and Ecology: The Pace of Life by K. D. Bennett

By K. D. Bennett

The mechanisms of macroevolutionary switch are a contentious factor. Paleoecological facts, provided during this e-book, indicates that evolutionary tactics obvious in ecological time can't be used to foretell macroevolutionary tendencies, opposite to Darwin's unique thesis. the writer discusses how climatic oscillations on ice-age timescales are paced by way of diversifications within the Earth's orbit, and feature therefore been an enduring function of Earth heritage. there's, even though, little proof for macroevolutionary switch in line with those climatic alterations, suggesting that over geological time, macroevolution doesn't ensue due to amassed brief time period approaches. those conclusions are used to build a postmodern evolutionary synthesis within which evolution and ecology play an equivalent function. Written through a number one paleoecologist, this booklet can be of curiosity to researchers in either ecology and evolutionary biology.

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His contribution to the developing evolutionary synthesis began with Systematics and the Origin of Species (Mayr 1942), which includes his famous 'biological' species definition: 'species are groups of actually or potentially interbreeding natural populations, which are reproductively isolated from other such groups' (Mayr 1942, p. 120). However, he saw species as intergrading continuously through time, and argued strongly for the importance of geographic speciation (Fig. 1), although the process would be a slow and continuous one (Mayr 1942, p.

Mayr (1963) discussed geographic speciation in considerable depth, emphasizing again its importance relative to sympatric speciation. More significantly, for the present purpose, he expanded his views on the evolutionary role of species. He described species as biological experiments, quite comparable to mutations in their evolutionary role. Most will not persist, but a rare few will form the basis of a new evolutionary advance, with no way to predict whether a new species is an evolutionary dead-end or not.

Typical morphological changes Typical population involved Usually moderate with imperfectly isolated subdivisions Usual rate distribution Erratic or comparable to horotelic rates Source: From Simpson (1944). Nearly constant in level; most new variants eliminated Similar to speciation, but cumulatively greater in intensity; also polyisomerisms, anisomerisms, etc. Typically large isolated units, with speciation proceeding simultaneously within units Bradytelic and horotelic More rigidly linear, but relatively short in time Sudden shift from one position to another Radical or relative instability with the system shifting toward an equilibrium not yet reached May fluctuate greatly; new variants often rapidly fixed Pronounced or radical changes in mechanical or physiological systems Commonly small wholly isolated units Tachytelic 24 • Development of ideas Stebbins (1950) began his book with accounts of the nature of variation in plants, natural selection, and genetic systems.

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