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Foundations of Systematics and Biogeography

  • David M. Williams
  • Malte C. Ebach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. David M. Williams, Malte C. Ebach
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  3. David M. Williams, Malte C. Ebach
    Pages 21-27
  4. David M. Williams, Malte C. Ebach
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  5. David M. Williams, Malte C. Ebach
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  13. David M. Williams, Malte C. Ebach
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  14. David M. Williams, Malte C. Ebach
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 259-309

About this book

Introduction

This volume draws attention to the seminal studies and important
advances that have shaped systematic and biogeographic thinking and
continue to influence its direction today. It traces concepts in
homology and classification from the 19th century to the present
through the provision of a unique anthology of scientific writings
from Goethe, Agassiz, Geoffroy St. Hilaire, Owen, Naef, Zangerl and
Nelson, among others. In addition, current attitudes and practices in
comparative biology are interrogated, particularly in relation to
evolutionary studies leading to a re-statement of the principal aims
of the discipline. In order to alert prospective students to pitfalls
common in systematics and biogeography, the book highlights three
principal messages: biological classifications and their explanatory
mechanisms are separate notions; most, if not all, homology concepts
pre-date the works of Darwin; and that the foundation of all
comparative biology is the concept of relationship - neither
'similarity' nor 'genealogical hypotheses of descent' are sufficient. Foundations of Systematics and Biogeography is an ideal volume for students, academics, researchers and professionals in the fields of systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology and palaeontology.

Keywords

Charles Darwin Cladistics Darwin Ernst Haeckel Evolution Phylogenie biogeography influence

Editors and affiliations

  • David M. Williams
    • 1
  • Malte C. Ebach
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. BotanyNatural History MuseumUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-DahlemFreie Universität BerlinKönigin-Luise-Str. 6–8Germany

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