Infographic history of evolutionary thought

Most of you are probably familiar with some variant of George Santayana’s aphorism: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. The quote is common to the point of cliche for a reason, in fact if we look at cliodynamics then we can even mathematically demonstrate the cyclic nature of history. This is especially true with the history of thought, and an even easier mistake to make when I am working in an interdisciplinary setting. To avoid interdisciplinitis as I delve deeper into models of evolution, I am always eager to learn more about the progress of evolutionary thought. As such, I was happy to see this new infographic from Tania Jenkins, Miriam Quick and Stefanie Posavec for the European Society for Evolutionary Biology:

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