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Published: 20 February 2003

120 Pages | 29 b/w line illus

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195159462

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Modeling Extinction

M. E. J. Newman and R. G. Palmer

Santa Fe Institute Studies on the Sciences of Complexity

In the last decade or so, scientists have started to examine a new approach to the patterns of evolution and extinction in the fossil record. This approach may be called "statistical paleontology," since it looks at large-scale patterns in the record and attempts to understand and model their average statistical features, rather than their detailed structure. This book, developed after a meeting at the Santa Fe Institute on extinction modeling, comments critically on the various modeling approaches.