Heterochrony pp 327-368 | Cite as

Epilogue and Synthesis

Ontogeny in Evolution
  • Michael L. McKinney
  • Kenneth J. McNamara


This chapter is an attempt to synthesize the ideas presented earlier in this book. It is to some extent reductionistic because we want to unite a number of disparate ideas and so must reduce things to the basic form to make them manageable. Fuller discussion of most of the concepts is found in earlier chapters. A book of this sort should not only inform but also stimulate further thought and research. To that end, some of what follows is quite speculative.


Body Size Body Plan Ontogenetic Change Small Organism Ontogenetic Trajectory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. McKinney
    • 1
  • Kenneth J. McNamara
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Western Australian MuseumPerthAustralia

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