Macroevolutionary Issues and Approaches in Evolutionary Biology

  • Emanuele Serrelli
  • Nathalie Gontier
Part of the Interdisciplinary Evolution Research book series (IDER, volume 2)


Many fields and approaches evidence, quantify, and analyze macroevolution. From biogeography to paleontology, from ecology to phylogenetics, and from biophysics to philosophy of biology, macroevolution elicits definitions and theoretical problems related to concepts such as species, lineage, ecology, niches, and extinction, which are relevant for general evolutionary biology. Macroevolutionary theories provide new epistemic frameworks to explain evolution in deep time, and macroevolution is also a phenomenon exemplified by myriads of real life-history case studies. This volume Macroevolution: Interpretation, Evidence and Explanation samples the rich reservoir of macroevolutionary knowledge, and evidences the macroevolutionary phenomenon in various episodes in time.


Macroevolution Evolutionary biology Speciation Extinction Deep time Fossil record 



This work was written with the support of the John Templeton Foundation (grant ID 36288).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.“Riccardo Massa” Department of Human SciencesUniversity of Milano BicoccaMilanItaly
  2. 2.Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, Centre for Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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