Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline
by David Sepkoski
University of Chicago Press, 2012
Cloth: 978-0-226-74855-9 | Paper: 978-0-226-27294-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-74858-0
Library of Congress Classification QE719.8.S47 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 560.9
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Rereading the Fossil Record presents the first-ever historical account of the origin, rise, and importance of paleobiology, from the mid-nineteenth century to the late 1980s. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, David Sepkoski shows how the movement was conceived and promoted by a small but influential group of paleontologists and examines the intellectual, disciplinary, and political dynamics involved in the ascendency of paleobiology. By tracing the role of computer technology, large databases, and quantitative analytical methods in the emergence of paleobiology, this book also offers insight into the growing prominence and centrality of data-driven approaches in recent science.