Morphological Disparity: A Primer

  • Matthew A. Wills
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 19)

Abstract

It has always been obvious that organisms have properties making them ‘different’ from each other. Historically, taxonomists have sought to register these differences and similarities by assigning species to subjectively-delimited groups within hierarchical classifications. Many current methods in sys-tematics still have a subjective component, and classifications often reflect biases inherent in their construction (Hull 1988).

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Torque Covariance Cretaceous Sponge Jurassic 

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  • Matthew A. Wills
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  1. 1.Department of Biology and BiochemistryUniversity of BathBathUK

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