Current Controversies in Evolutionary Biology

  • John Maynard Smith


Evolutionary biologists are arguing about many things -how and why sex evolved, whether some DNA is ‘selfish’, how eukaryotes arose, why some animals live socially, and so on. These problems are, in the main, debated within the shared assumptions of ‘neo-Darwinism’ or ‘the modern synthesis’. Recently, however, a group of palaeontologists, of whom Gould, Eldredge and Stanley have been the most prominent, have announced that the modern synthesis is soon to be swept away, to be replaced by the new paradigm of stasis and punctuation.


Fossil Record Evolutionary Change Reproductive Isolation Species Selection Modern Synthesis 
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© John Maynard Smith 1988

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