Controversy Catastrophism and Evolution

The Ongoing Debate

  • TrevorĀ Palmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-452

About this book


In Controversy, Trevor Palmer fully documents how traditional gradualistic views of biological and geographic evolution are giving way to a catastrophism that credits cataclysmic events, such as meteorite impacts, for the rapid bursts and abrupt transitions observed in the fossil record.
According to the catastrophists, new species do not evolve gradually; they proliferate following sudden mass extinctions. Placing this major change of perspective within the context of a range of ancient debates, Palmer discusses such topics as the history of the solar system, present-day extraterrestrial threats to earth, hominid evolution, and the fossil record.


biological earth evolution solar solar system synthesis system

Authors and affiliations

  • TrevorĀ Palmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7222-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4901-7
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