Punctuated Equilibrium

Punctuated equilibrium is the theory in evolution which seeks to explain the discrepancies in the fossil record where huge and regular gaps exist between species, and thereby interrupts the transitional record of the formation of species.  The theory states that there were time periods where huge increases of speciation occurred in very short periods of time, and as a result the fossil record is incomplete since it does not show a gradation of transitional forms between species.

 

 

 

 
 
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