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Interpreting the Hierarchy of Nature: From Systematic Patterns to Evolutionary Process Theories

Edited By: L Grande and O Rieppel

298 pages, Illus, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Jun 1994 | #34895 | ISBN: 0122951204
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About this book

Explores the ways in which systematic patterns are used to infer evolutionary processes. Among evolutionary biologists and systematists there is a constant interchange between those who study its patterns. This can result in confusion as patterns influence the development of theories, and processes yield patterns. This book should help crystallize the relationship between patterns and processes.


Introduction to Patterns and Process Perspectives. Pattern Description, Process Explanation and the History of Morphological Sciences. Theoretical Pluralism in Biology, Including Systematics. Repeating Patterns in Nature, Predictability and "Impact" in Science. Morphological and Molecular Inroads to Phylogeny. Stratocladistics: Morphological and Temporal Patterns and Their Relation to Phylogenetic Process. The Use of Unconventional Morphological Characters in the Analysis of Systematic and Evolutionary Processes. The Phylogeny of Development and the Origin of Homology. Summary and Comments on Systematic Patterns and Evolutionary Process. Subject Index.

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