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The Pattern of Evolution by Niles Eldredge
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Jul 19, 10

bookshelves: natural_history
Read in July, 2010 — I own a copy

The most interesting section was on the transition from belief that the continents were immobile to plate tectonics theory in the 1960s. There are 6 or so major sets of evidence from different areas that came together and resulted in the change, and only a few I'd seen before in isolation- and most modern geology books take it for granted. Continental drift was proposed decades earlier but with less evidence and some bad evidence thrown in, this is compared to the publication of 'The Origin of Species' which was immediately convincing.
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