Series: Species and Systematics (University of California Press) Volume: 3
333 pages, 14 b/w photos, 47 illus, 8 tabs
Cladistics, or Phylogenetic Systematics - an approach to discovering, unraveling, and testing hypotheses of evolutionary history - took hold during a turbulent and acrimonious time in the history of systematics. During this period - the 1960s and 1970s - much of the foundation of modern systematic methodology was established as cladistic approaches became widely accepted. Virtually complete by the end of the 1980s, the wide perception has been that little has changed.
This volume vividly illustrates that cladistic methodologies have continued to be developed, improved upon, and effectively used in ever widening analytically imaginative ways.
This multifarious volume does a splendid job of reflecting the breadth and depth of fundamental questions about the methods of systematics and biogeography, from the practical applications of conservation biology to issues of wide interest to evolutionary biologists.-Dr. Norman I. Platnick, American Museum of Natural History
"A fun and informative volume that everyone interested in the subject will enjoy. This book is full of important discussions on Botany, Cladistics, and Biogeography."-Vicki Funk, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
"The Branching Of A Paradigm is the intriguing theme of this volume on the myriad of ways cladistics has impacted modern biology. Surprises from floristics to recent thoughts on epistemology await the reader."-Dennis Stevenson, New York Botanical Garden
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