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Interpreting the Hierarchy of Nature : From Systematic Patterns to Evolutionary Process Theories - Lance Grande

Interpreting the Hierarchy of Nature

From Systematic Patterns to Evolutionary Process Theories

By: Lance Grande (Editor), Olivier Rieppel (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780122951206
Number Of Pages: 298

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This book explores ways in which systematic patterns are used to infer evolutionary processes. Among evolutionary biologists and systematists there is a constant interchange between those that study the process of evolution (e.g., mutation, selection, speciation) and those that study its patterns (e.g., variation, geographic distribution, ontogeny, phylogeny). Because patterns influence the development of theories, and processes yield patterns, it is not always easy to distinguish one from another. This book is dialectic and helps crystallize a continuing debate over the relationship of patterns to process theories.
Key Features
* Contributions by leading systematists, evolutionary biologists, and philosophers
* Illustrates the debate over how and if evolutionary processes can be inferred from systematic patterns
* Illustrates a continuing interplay between systematics and evolutionary theory

Introduction to Patterns and Process Perspectives
Pattern Description, Process Explanation and the History of Morphological Sciences
Theoretical Pluralism in Biology, Including Systematics
Repeating Patterns in Nature, Predictability and "Impact" in Science
Morphological and Molecular Inroads to Phylogeny
Stratocladistics: Morphological and Temporal Patterns and Their Relation to Phylogenetic Process
The Use of Unconventional Morphological Characters in the Analysis of Systematic and Evolutionary Processes
The Phylogeny of Development and the Origin of Homology
Summary and Comments on Systematic Patterns and Evolutionary Process
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780122951206
ISBN-10: 0122951204
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st January 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 15.98  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.66