Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Eldredge, Niles

US paleontologist; curator at the American Museum of Natural History. Since the 1970s, Eldredge has published provocative hypotheses concerning phylogenetic reconstruction; with S. J. Gould he was co-author of controversial theoretical works concerning the rate of evolution, which contend that species diverge rapidly and then enter a long period of stasis, a process they termed punctuated equilibrium (1972). Other interests include mass extinctions, biodiversity and human ecology. Co-author (with I. Tattersall) of The Myths of Human Evolution (1982); author of The Monkey Business (1982), Reinventing Darwin (1995), The Pattern of Evolution (1999) and The Triumph of Evolution. And the Failure of Creationism (2000).

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