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Assumptions Inhibiting Progress in Comparative Biology

  • Explores the impact of various assumptions of systematics and evolutionary biology
  • Contributes to tangible progress in comparative biology by identifying ideas that hinder progress
  • Provides insights and analyses of persistent biological problems
  • Includes contributions from scholars actively working on fundamental principles of comparative biolog

By: Brian I Crother(Editor), Lynne R Parenti(Editor)

286 pages, 18 colour & 33 b/w illustrations, 10 tables

Productivity Press

Hardback | Nov 2016 | #234085 | ISBN-13: 9781498741279
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This book is a thought-provoking assessment of assumptions inhibiting progress in comparative biology. The volume is inspired by a list generated years earlier by Donn Rosen, one of the most influential, innovative and productive comparative biologists of the latter 20th century. His list has assumed almost legendary status among comparative evolutionary biologists. Surprisingly many of the obstructing assumptions implicated by Rosen remain relevant today. Any comparative biologist hoping to avoid such assumptions in their own research will benefit from this introspective volume.


Assumptions that inhibit scientific progress in comparative biology
      Donn E. Rosen
Donald Eric Rosen (1929-1986)
      Gareth Nelson
Rosen decomposing
      Lynne R. Parenti and Brian I. Crother
Donn E. Rosen, Skepticism, and Evolution
      Brian I. Crother
Network Species Model Consociates Process Ecology and Material Object Theory
      David Kizirian and Maureen A. Donnelly
The Inhibition of Scientific Progress: Perceptions of Biological Units
      Christopher M. Murray, Caleb D. McMahan, Craig Guyer and Brian I. Crother
Hopeful Monsters? Evo-devo and a Much Expanded Evolutionary Synthesis
      Mary E. White
Does Competition Generate Biodiversity? An Essay in Honor of Donn Eric Rosen
      Maureen A. Donnelly
Epistemological Concern for Estimating Extinction: Introducing a New Model for Comparing Phylogenies
      Prosanta Chakrabarty and Subir Shakya
Donn Rosen and the Perils of Paleontology
      Lance Grande
Biogeographic Origin of Mainland Norops (Squamata: Dactyloidae)
      Kirsten E. Nicholson, Craig Guyer and John G. Phillips
Modification of a Comparative Biogeographic Method Protocol to Differentiate Vicariance and Dispersal
      Mallory E. Eckstut, Brett R. Riddle and Brian I. Crother
Raising Cain: On the Assumptions that Inhibit Scientific Progress in Comparative Biogeography
      Lynne R. Parenti
Evidence, Pattern and Assumptions – Reintroducing Rosen’s Empiricism and Skepticism to Systematics and Biogeography
      Randall D. Mooi

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Brian I. Crother is Professor of Biological Sciences and Assistant Dean of the College of Science and Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the President Elect of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. His research focuses on evolution from a phylogenetic perspective; historical biogeography, historical ecology, patterns of gene evolution, patterns of species evolution, methodology and philosophy of phylogenetic analysis. In addition, he is engaged in survey work for the accumulation of long term data for amphibian and reptile populations in local wetlands.

Lynne R. Parenti is curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Her research program focuses on the phylogeny, systematics, comparative morphology, and historical biogeography of bony fishes especially the systematics and biogeography of freshwater and coastal marine fishes of the Indo-Pacific; use of new morphological characters in systematic ichthyology, especially neglected character sets; and the development of new tools for the collection and preservation of natural history specimens. She is the author or editor of several books including a previous volume in the Species and Systematics book series.

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