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Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline

by David Sepkoski

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 432 pages.

“David Sepkoski’s book is the one book that anyone interested in evolution should buy this year,” writes reviewer Kevin Padian. “The reason is that, for the first time, the emergence of the modern science of macroevolution receives its due.  … [I]n a very few years, probably from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, the science of the past experienced a complete revolution, and the questions that were opened and tested are the same ones that are being tested today. … David Sepkoski’s book is the first source to synthesize this information, and it is a superb synthesis.”