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Descended from Darwin: Insights into the History of Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970

Cain, J; (2009) Descended from Darwin: Insights into the History of Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, volume 99, part 1. American Philosophical Society: Philadelphia, PA.

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Type:Book
Title:Descended from Darwin: Insights into the History of Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970
ISBN-13:978-1-60618-991-7
Additional information:This volume has its origins in a conference, held 22–23 October 2004 at the American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia. The main focus was on evolutionary studies in America before, during, and after the famous “evolutionary synthesis” of the 1930s and 1940s. The synthesis period has been the focus of substantial new research and important new thinking. This volume brings together fifteen specialists to explore these developments and to press further. Questions shaping these essays focus on the following broad themes: continuity and breaks across generations emerging narratives for the period new research opportunities at the APS new ideas from the research front placing evolutionists in the broader context of biology future directions In addition to fifteen original essays, this volume includes a thoughtful introduction by Michael Ruse. This conference was made possible by the generous support of the Barra Foundation and given in honour of the late Professor Frederick H. Burkhardt. Martin Levitt Preface Michael Ruse Introduction Section 1 Continuity and Breaks Across Generations 1.1 Mark Largent The So-called ‘Eclipse of Darwinism’ 1.2 Juan Ilerbaig ‘The View-Point of a Naturalist’: American Field Zoologists and the Evolutionary Synthesis, 1900-1945 1.3 Andy Hammond JBS Haldane, Holism, and Synthesis in Evolution Section 2 Emerging Narratives and Broader Themes 2.1 Kim Kleinman Biosystematics and the Origin of Species: Edgar Anderson, WH Camp and the Evolutionary Synthesis 2.2 Joel Hagen Descended from Darwin? George Gaylord Simpson, Morris Goodman, and Primate Systematics 2.3 Joe Cain Ernst Mayr and the ‘Biology of Birds’ 2.4 Michael Dietrich, Greg Davis, and David Jacobs Homeotic Mutants and the Failure of the First Developmental Synthesis Section 3 New Ideas and New Directions 3.1 Erika Milam The Experimental Animal from the Naturalist's Point of View: Behavior and Evolution at the AMNH, 1928-1954 3.2 David Sepkoski The Delayed Synthesis: Paleobiology in the 1970s 3.3 John Ceccatti Natural Selection in the Field: Insecticide Resistance, Economic Entomology, and the Evolutionary Synthesis, 1914-1951 3.4 David Wÿss Rudge H.B.D. Kettlewell’s Research 1934-1961: The Influence of J.W. Heslop Harrison Section 4 Evolutionary Theory Meets Practice 4.1 Frederick Davis Papilio dardanus: The Natural Animal from the Experimentalist’s Point of View 4.2 Roberta Millstein Concepts of Drift and Selection in “The Great Snail Debate” of the 1950s and early 1960s 4.3 Robert Skipper Revisiting the RA Fisher-Sewall Wright Controversy 4.4 Mark Borrello Shifting Balance and Balancing Selection: A group selectionist’s interpretation of Wright and Dobzhansky
Keywords:evolutionary synthesis, modern synthesis, Ernst Mayr, George Gaylord Simpson, Darwinism
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies

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