punctuationist

punctuationist

(ˌpʌŋktʃʊˈeɪʃənɪst)
n
1. a person who punctuates a text
2. (Biology) biology an advocate of a theory which asserts that evolution occurs in short bursts of significant change followed by long periods of stability
adj
(Biology) biology relating to punctuationist theory
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Laurence Sterne's novels were "terribly be-dashed," one punctuationist groused decades later; he was a regular "dashite," another moaned.
The difficulty faced by neo-Darwinian theory, and equally by punctuationist variants of evolutionary theory, in generating any symbol system whatever is not merely to produce the symbol in the manner of a Xerox machine producing a copy of a page of text, but to produce a meaningful string of biological symbols arbitrarily and conventionally associated with their meanings.
88-90, 106, 110, 145) criticizes Niles Eldredge, Stephen Gould, and Steven Stanley's theory of punctuated equilibria at the level of species and genera, but comes across as an ardent punctuationist for evolution above this level.