Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Evolutionary Synthesis

1. modification of the Darwinism paradigm that rejects transformational evolution, saltationism, and orthogenesis, while emphasizing natural selection, adaptation, and the study of genetic diversity. E. Mayr states that the chief architects of the evolutionary synthesis were Dobzhansky, himself, Rensch, G. G. Simpson, Stebbins, and Timofeeeff-Ressovsky.

2. The period of this paradigm construction, c. 1940; Aka the modern synthesis, the grand synthesis.

Cf. neo-Darwinism and fisherism.

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