© 1986

Patterns and Processes in the History of Life

Report of the Dahlem Workshop on Patterns and Processes in the History of Life Berlin 1985, June 16–21

  • Editors
  • D. M. Raup
  • D. Jablonski
Conference proceedings

Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. D. M. Raup, D. Jablonski
    Pages 1-5
  3. D. Jablonski, S. J. Gould, D. M. Raup
    Pages 7-22
  4. D. B. Wake, E. F. Connor, A. J. de Ricqlès, J. Dzik, D. C. Fisher, S. J. Gould et al.
    Pages 46-67
  5. M. LaBarbera
    Pages 69-98
  6. D. C. Fisher
    Pages 99-117
  7. E. F. Connor
    Pages 119-147
  8. J. S. Levinton, K. Bandel, B. Charlesworth, G. Müller, W. Nagl, B. Runnegar et al.
    Pages 166-182
  9. W. Nagl
    Pages 223-232
  10. K. W. Flessa, H. K. Erben, A. Hallam, K. J. Hsü, H. M. Hüssner, D. Jablonski et al.
    Pages 234-257
  11. D. Simberloff
    Pages 259-276
  12. J. J. Sepkoski Jr.
    Pages 277-295
  13. O. Järvinen, C. Babin, R. K. Bambach, E. Flügel, F. T. Fürsich, D. J. Futuyma et al.
    Pages 330-350
  14. A. J. Underwood
    Pages 351-367

About these proceedings


Hypothesis testing is not a straightforward matter in the fossil record and here, too interactions with biology can be extremely profitable. Quite simply, predictions regarding long-term consequences of processes observed in liv­ ing organisms can be tested directly using paleontological data if those liv­ ing organisms have an adequate fossil record, thus avoiding the pitfalls of extrapolative approaches. We hope to see a burgeoning of this interactive effort in the coming years. Framing and testing of hypotheses in paleon­ tological subjects inevitably raises the problem of inferring process from pattern, and the consideration and elimination of a broad range of rival hy­ is an essential procedure here. In a historical science such as potheses paleontology, the problem often arises that the events that are of most in­ terest are unique in the history of life. For example, replication of the metazoan radiation at the beginning of the Cambrian is not feasible. How­ ever, decomposition of such problems into component hypotheses may at least in part alleviate this difficulty. For example, hypotheses built upon the role of species packing might be tested by comparing evolutionary dy­ namics (both morphological and taxonomic) during another global diversi­ fication, such as the biotic rebound from the end-Permian extinction, which removed perhaps 95% of the marine species (see Valentine, this volume). The subject of extinction, and mass extinction in particular, has become important in both paleobiology and biology.


biology evolution interaction science

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Patterns and Processes in the History of Life
  • Book Subtitle Report of the Dahlem Workshop on Patterns and Processes in the History of Life Berlin 1985, June 16–21
  • Editors D.M. Raup
    D. Jablonski
  • Series Title Dahlem Workshop Reports
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-15965-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-70833-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-70831-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 450
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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