Karl Beurlen

Karl Beurlen (17 April 1901 – 27 December 1985) was a German paleontologist.[1]

Beurlen was born in Aalen. He attended University of Tübingen. He completed a PhD in 1923.[2]

Beurlen was a proponent of orthogenesis and saltational evolution.[3] He used the term metakinesis (coined by Otto Jaekel) to describe sudden changes of development in organisms. He also invented the term palingenesis as a mechanism for his orthogenetic theory of evolution.[2]

He was an assistant of Edwin Hennig.[4]

He was a proponent of National Socialist ideology and wrote about the Aryan race.[1]

He was director of the Zoologische Staatssammlung München.

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  1. ^ a b Rieppel, Olivier. (2012). Karl Beurlen (1901-1985), Nature mysticism, and Aryan Paleontology. Journal of the History of Biology 45: 253-299.
  2. ^ a b Levit, Georgy S; Olsson, Lennart. (2007). Evolution on Rails Mechanisms and Levels of Orthogenesis. In Volker Wissemann. Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology 11/2006. Universitätsverlag Göttingen. pp. 115-119
  3. ^ Bowden, A.J; Gregory, F.J; Henderson, A.S. (2013). Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development. Geological Society. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-86239-371-4
  4. ^ Stindl, Reinhard. (2014). The telomeric sync model of speciation: species-wide telomere erosion triggers cycles of transposon-mediated genomic rearrangements, which underlie the saltatory appearance of nonadaptive characters. Naturwissenschaften 101: 163-186.