624 pages, B/w plates, figs, tabs
Organisms' characteristics and their conception are central to all studies of evolution and are used in a particular way to unravel a tangled evolutionary history, document the rate of evolutionary change, or as evidence of biodiversity. The title covers characters, their use, how different sorts of characters are limited, and what are appropriate methods for character analysis. Leading evolutionary biologists from around the world are contributors to this authoritative review of the "character concept."
...a book worth paying attention to. ...This is a useful book that has fulfilled Wagner's goal of summarizing information on this topic and stimulating discussion. Read it as soon as you can or risk being left behind as an area that is fundamental to all we do as systematists takes off. Norm MacLeod, The Natural History Museum, UK, in THE PALAEONTOLOGICAL ASSOCATION NEWSLETTER (2001)
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