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The evolution of evolution

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Science  17 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6232, pp. 295
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa5821

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The question of how species evolved was debated long before the time of Charles Darwin, a fact frequently forgotten by scientists and historians. These early theories are revived in a meticulously researched history, authored by Niles Eldredge, who developed the theory of punctuated equilibrium with the late Stephen Jay Gould. Reviewer Jim Endersby applauds this ambitious attempt to unearth these long-forgotten theories, but questions the author's determination to inform current evolutionary debates with historical theories.