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Comparative Thinking in Biology

By: Adrian Currie(Author)
100 pages
Comparative Thinking in Biology
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  • Comparative Thinking in Biology ISBN: 9781108727495 Paperback Feb 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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Biologists often study living systems in light of their having evolved, of their being the products of various processes of heredity, adaptation, ancestry, and so on. In their investigations, then, biologists think comparatively: they situate lineages into models of those evolutionary processes, comparing their targets with ancestral relatives and with analogous evolutionary outcomes. This element characterizes this mode of investigation – 'comparative thinking' – and puts it to work in understanding why biological science takes the shape it does. Importantly, comparative thinking is local: what we can do with knowledge of a lineage is limited by the evolutionary processes into which it fits. In light of this analysis, the Element examines the experimental study of animal cognition, and macroevolutionary investigation of the 'shape of life', demonstrating the importance of comparative thinking in understanding both the power and limitations of biological knowledge.


1. Comparative Thinking
2. Comparative Cognition
3. The Shape of Life

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By: Adrian Currie(Author)
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