Paläontologische Zeitschrift

, Volume 57, Issue 3–4, pp 189–197 | Cite as

Gradualismus und Punktualismus Komplementäre Modelle evolutiven Wandels

  • Olivier Rieppel


Die Modelle der punktuellen und graduellen Evolution werden in eine historische Perspektive gestellt und in Form von gegensätzlichen Theorien diskutiert. Mögliche genetische Mechanismen sprunghaften Artwandels werden diskutiert. Eine Synthese der beiden Modelle zeichnet sich auf der Basis der vonC. H. Waddington entworfenen Theorie der Kanalisierung der ontogenetischen Entwicklung ab, wieA. Hoffman zeigte.


The models of punctuated and gradual evolution are put in a historical perspective and contrasted with each other. Mechanisms of saltational change are discussed. A synthesis of the two models might be achieved on the basis ofC. H. Waddington’s theory of developmental canalization as recently discussed byA. Hoffman.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Rieppel
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  1. 1.Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der UniversitätZürich

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