The Evolution of Phylogenetic Systematics aims to make sense of the rise of phylogenetic systematics – its methods, its objects of study, and its theoretical foundations – with contributions from historians, philosophers, and biologists.
The Evolution of Phylogenetic Systematics articulates an intellectual agenda for the study of systematics and taxonomy in a way that connects classification with larger historical themes in the biological sciences, including morphology, experimental and observational approaches, evolution, biogeography, debates over form and function, character transformation, development, and biodiversity. It aims to provide frameworks for answering the question: how did systematics become phylogenetic?
List of Contributors
Part One. Historical Foundations
1. Reflections on the History of Systematics
Robert E. Kohler
2. Willi Hennig’s Part in the History of Systematics
3. Homology as a Bridge between Evolutionary Morphology, Developmental Evolution, and Phylogenetic Systematics
Manfred D. Laubichler
Part Two. Conceptual Foundations
4. Historical and Conceptual Perspectives on Modern Systematics: Groups, Ranks, and the Phylogenetic Turn
5. The Early Cladogenesis of Cladistics
6. Cladistics at an Earlier Time
7. Patterson’s Curse, Molecular Homology, and the Data Matrix
David M. Williams and Malte C. Ebach
8. History and Theory in the Development of Phylogenetics in Botany: Toward the Future
Brent D. Mishler
Part Three. Technology, Concepts, and Practice
9. Well-Structured Biology: Numerical Taxonomy’s Epistemic Vision for Systematics
10. A Comparison of Alternative Form-Characterization: Approaches to the Automated Identification of Biological Species
11. The New Systematics, the New Taxonomy, and the Future of Biodiversity Studies
Quentin Wheeler and Andrew Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton is Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.