Definition of Punctuated equilibrium

1. Noun. A theory of evolution holding that evolutionary change in the fossil record came in fits and starts rather than in a steady process of slow change.




Definition of Punctuated equilibrium

1. Noun. A theory of evolution holding that evolutionary change tends to be characterized by long periods of stability, or equilibrium, punctuated by episodes of very fast development. ¹

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Literary usage of Punctuated equilibrium

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1. Neither Created Nor Evolved: Living Joyously Without a Creator by Walter Prytulak (2001)
"Stephen Jay Gould, he the marvelous storyteller, came up with the myth of punctuated equilibrium. This was supposed to give the theory of evolution a shot ..."

2. Neither Created Nor Evolved: Living Joyously Without a Creator by Walter Prytulak (2001)
"Stephen Jay Gould, he the marvelous storyteller, came up with the myth of punctuated equilibrium. This was supposed to give the ..."

3. Government of the Future by Edwin Lau (2000)
"In this light, government change is better understood in terms of "punctuated equilibrium", ie long periods of policy stability which are interspersed with ..."

4. Clausewitzian Friction & Future War by Barry D. Watts (1996)
"In 1972, Gould and Niles Eldredge put forward a theory of punctuated equilibrium that described the pattern of biological evolution as being one of long ..."

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