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Part 1: Macroevolutionary Explanations and Interpretations.- Can Modern Evolutionary Theory Explain Macroevolution?.- Evolution as a Largely Autonomous Process.- Visualizing Macroevolution: From Adaptive Landscapes to Compositions of Multiple Spaces.- Toward a Natural Philosophy of Macroevolution.- Networks and Hierarchies: Approaching Complexity in Evolutionary Theory.- Uniting Micro - with Macroevolution into an Extended Synthesis: Reintegrating Life’s Natural History into Evolution Studies.- Part 2: Evidencing Macroevolution with Case Studies.- Using Microevolution to Explain the Macroevolutionary Observations for the Evolution of Sex.- Speciation: Expanding the Role of Biogeography and Niche Breadth in Macroevolutionary Theory.- Morphological Misfits and the Architecture of Development.- Macroevolution In and Around the Hominin Clade.- Facing the Big Sixth: From Prioritizing Species to Conserving Biodiversity.

About the Author

Nathalie Gontier is a philosopher of science and an anthropologist. Her main research interests lie in evolutionary epistemology and non-Darwinian evolutionary theories, how the latter differ from the Modern Synthesis and how they can be implemented into the linguistic sciences and the overall sociocultural domain. As the founding director of the Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, she is affiliated to the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, and financed by the Portuguese Fund for Science and Technology. Previous appointments were held at the Dutch Free University of Brussels (Belgium), the Konrad Lorenz Institute (Austria), and the American Museum of Natural History (USA). Her research has been sponsored by the American John Templeton Foundation, the European Marie Curie Actions and the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Springer book series Interdisciplinary Evolution Research.

Emanuele Serrelli is a philosopher of science interested in interdisciplinarity within and across the natural and social sciences. He works with several Italian universities. He was visiting scholar at the University of Utah, and visiting fellow at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, the Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, and the NESCent - National Center for Evolutionary Synthesis, Durham, NC. As a member of the scientific board of CISEPS - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences, he leads the “Cultural Evolution” research programme at University of Milano Bicocca. As a philosopher of biology, he is trained in evolutionary theory, a field in which he also studies interdisciplinarity and modeling. 


“The second in the series ‘Interdisciplinary Evolution Research,’ Macroevolution is a carefully selected, edited volume of 11 chapters plus an introduction on evolution above the species level, which is the body of evolutionary theory covered by the term macroevolution. … Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (B. K. Hall, Choice, Vol. 53 (2), October, 2015)

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