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The dynamics of evolutionary stasis

  • Niles Eldredge (a1), John N. Thompson (a2), Paul M. Brakefield (a3), Sergey Gavrilets (a4), David Jablonski (a5), Jeremy B. C. Jackson (a6), Richard E. Lenski (a7), Bruce S. Lieberman (a8), Mark A. McPeek (a9) and William Miller (a10)...

Abstract

The fossil record displays remarkable stasis in many species over long time periods, yet studies of extant populations often reveal rapid phenotypic evolution and genetic differentiation among populations. Recent advances in our understanding of the fossil record and in population genetics and evolutionary ecology point to the complex geographic structure of species being fundamental to resolution of how taxa can commonly exhibit both short-term evolutionary dynamics and long-term stasis.

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