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Punctuated equilibrium is a theory of evolutionary change originally championed by Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould. It posits stasis in evolutionary change over long periods of time--punctuated by a rapid (in evolutionary terms) change. This volume features essays by key figures in the debate over the validity of this perspective--including by Eldredge and Gould themselves. There is also a magisterial essay by one of the deans of neo-Darwinian theory--Ernst Mayr. There is a second part to t ...more