By Tom Rea
Tom Rea strains the evolution of clinical suggestion relating to dinosaurs and divulges the deception, hostility, and infrequently outright aggression found in the early years of fossil hunting. This ebook info essentially the most famous—and notorious—dinosaur skeletons ever came upon: Diplodocus carnegii, named after Andrew Carnegie.
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2). , patterns of organisms, populations or demes, species, and monophyletic taxa. Since each of these levels has its own unique emergent properties, and possibly also its own intrinsic evolutionary processes, patterns at a lower level cannot be smoothly extrapolated to a higher one. Further, patterns at each of • All citations to On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection will be to the 6th edition, unless otherwise noted, as this is the edition most readily available. 15 The Relevance of Hierarchy Theory (A) A • (B) - 8 c D (C) • o o FIGURE 2.
Probably one of the most important conceptual developments engendered by the hierarchical expansion is the status of theories that posit that evolutionary processes operating at a lower hierarchical level can be smoothly extrapolated to explain patterns in a higher-level genealogical entity. Specifically, some theories about the evolutionary process are based on the premise that we can extrapolate processes at one hierarchical level, let us say the genetics of populations, to explain the diversification of a clade.
Organisms, populations, and certain cell types may belong to both hierarchies, but any entity that does not, cannot be selected. The formulation of the hierarchical viewpoint in biology has also demonstrated the impossibility of certain concepts in evolutionary biology. For example, the notion that there is such a phenomenon as community evolution. When the communities of any given region are studied through time they appear to change. For example, Van Valkenburg (1988), and Webb (1989) have discussed the way in which the terrestrial mammalian communities of North America have changed over millions of years, but communities cannot evolve as populations or species do because they cannot reproduce or make more of themselves.
Bone Wars: The Excavation Of Andrew Carnegie's Dinosaur by Tom Rea