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Punk eq vs gradualism
Just a little musing on my part over semester break.
One of the biggest debates in evolutionary theory deals with the appropriate=
model for the evolutionary process. The traditional view of gradualism=
states that evolution is a constant process, while the new view of=
punctuated equalibrium states that evolution occurs in short bursts. The=
big question focusing on which model is correct.
What if both views simply describe different aspects of the evolutionary=
process. Punk eq covers the realm of what is usually thought when people=
hear the word "evolution," being the process that results in profound=
changes in a population of animals. Gradualism would describe the realm of=
adaptation; in other words, the process that deals with subtle changes in a=
population. My point being that since animals are constantly adapting to=
their environment, gradualism would be the best model for this process.
Therefore, both models are correct.