, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 321-341

Naturalists, Molecular Biologists, and the Challenges of Molecular Evolution

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Biologists and historians often present natural history and molecular biology as distinct, perhaps conflicting, fields in biological research. Such accounts, although supported by abundant evidence, overlook important areas of overlap between these areas. Focusing upon examples drawn particularly from systematics and molecular evolution, I argue that naturalists and molecular biologists often share questions, methods, and forms of explanation. Acknowledging these interdisciplinary efforts provides a more balanced account of the development of biology during the post-World War II era.

This revised version was published online in July 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.