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Structure and Contingency : Evolutionary Processes in Life and Human History - John Bintliff

Structure and Contingency

Evolutionary Processes in Life and Human History

By: John Bintliff (Editor), Stephen Jay Gould (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780718500269
Number Of Pages: 164

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The theme of this book is the appropriate methodology for the study of the history of life on earth. In particular, it focuses on the interplay between form and structure: the things that we might predict and model and the things that we cannot predict - the arbitrary and the contingent - which may be as important, or even more important, than the way in which life on earth has evolved. The contributors are drawn from palaeontology, archaeology, anthropology and human evolution; the time scales covered are from the development of life on earth, through human evolution to later prehistory and historic archaeology. Underpinning the theme of the book is the work of Stephen Jay Gould, who has developed a distinctive philosophy of history concerning the nature of long-term and short-term evolutionary processes, particularly stressing the interplay between structure and contingency.

Contributorsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The scales of contingency and punctuation in historyp. ix
Selection and the fossil recordp. 1
Evolution and environmental controls: Palaeozoic Black Deathsp. 14
Pattern and process in hominid evolutionp. 31
Contingency, patterning and species in hominid evolutionp. 43
The human evolutionary time-scale and the transition between hunting and gathering, and farmingp. 102
History, ecology, contingency, sustainabilityp. 118
Structure, contingency, narrative and timelessnessp. 132
Indexp. 149
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ISBN: 9780718500269
ISBN-10: 0718500261
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1