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Species Concepts and Phylogenetic Theory: A Debate

Edited By: Quentin D Wheeler and Rudolf Meier

230 pages, no illustrations

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Aug 2000 | #105466 | ISBN: 0231101430
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About this book

Presents a debate among the top phylogenetic theorists about which classification approach may be best. Debaters include (1) Ernst Mayr (Biological Species Concept), (2) Rudolf Meier and Rainer Willmann (Hennigian species concept), (3) Brent Mishler and Edward Theriot (one version of the Phylogenetic Species Concept), (4) Quentin Wheeler and Norman Platnick (a competing version of the Phylogenetic Species Concept), and (5) E. O. Wiley and Richard Mayden (the Evolutionary Species Concept). The first part of the book presents each concept, the second part presents counterpoints to each approach, and the last provides rebuttals.

This is an important and valuable book, with the arguments coming straight from the horses' mouths. Even if readers do not change their minds, they will at least be better informed in their prejudices. Biologist This book focuses on the numerous controversies in phylogenetic theory and the underlying philosophies which are of importance to a diverse audience. Scientists, conservationists, and students of biology will find that this book provides a critical evaluation of the literature on this complex field. Southeastern Naturalist


Contents

Preface, by Quentin D. Wheeler & Rudolf MeierOne: Introduction, by Joel CracraftA. Position Papers (Point)Two:The Biological Species Concept, by Ernst MayrThree: The Hennigian Species Concept, by Rudolf Meier and Rainer WillmannFour: Monophyly, Apomorphy, and Phylogenetic Species Concepts, by Brent D. Mishler and Edward TheriotFive: The Phylogenetic Species Concept, by Quentin D. Wheeler and Norman I. PlatnickSix: The Evolutionary Species Concept, by Edward O. Wiley and Richard L. MaydenB. Critique Papers (Counter-Point)Seven: What is a Species, and What is Not?: A Critique from the Biological Species Concept Perspective, by Ernst MayrEight: A Critique from the Hennigian Species Concept Perspective, by Rainer Willmann and Rudolf MeierNine: Monophyly, Apomorphy, and Phylogenetic Species Concepts: A Critique from "the" Phylogenetic Species Concept Perspective, by Brent D. Mishler and Norman I. PlatnickTen: Problems with Alternative Species Concepts: A Critique from "the" Phylogenetic Species Concept Perspective, by Quentin D. Wheeler and Norman I. PlatnickEleven: A Critique from the Evolutionary Species Concept Perspective, by Edward O. Wiley and Richard L. MaydenC. Reply Papers (Rebuttal)Twelve: A Defense of the Biological Species Concept, by Ernst MayrThirteen: A Defense of the Hennigian Species Concept, by Rudolf Meier and Rainer WillmannFourteen: Monophyly, Apomorphy, and Phylogenetic Species Concepts: A Defense of "the" Phylogenetic Species Concept, by Brent D. Mishler and Edward TheriotFifteen: A Defense of "the" Phylogenetic Species Concept, by Norman I. Platnick and Quentin D. WheelerSixteen: A Defense of the Evolutionary Spoecies Concept, by Edward O. Wiley and Richard L. Mayden

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Biography

Quentin D. Wheeler is professor of systematics in the Department of Entomology and Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University and is a research associate in entomology at the American Museum of Natural History. Rudolf Meier is associate professor and curator in the Department of Entomology at the Zoological Museum, Copenhagen.

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