ONTOGENY AND PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS

ONTOGENY AND PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS Abstract— Dedifferentiation, paedomorphosis, and the insertion and deletion of developmental stages make it impossible to deduce the genealogical hierarchy from only ontogenetic transformation series. Like the outgroup criterion, ontogenetic character precedence is not theory‐neutral and to use it to deduce genealogy requires certain assumptions. If scientists are going to use logically unbeatable theories about the world, they might as well give up natural science and take up religion (Lewontin, 1972: 181). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cladistics Wiley

ONTOGENY AND PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS

Cladistics, Volume 1 (1) – Jan 1, 1985

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 1985 The Willi Hennig Society
ISSN
0748-3007
eISSN
1096-0031
DOI
10.1111/j.1096-0031.1985.tb00408.x
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Abstract

Abstract— Dedifferentiation, paedomorphosis, and the insertion and deletion of developmental stages make it impossible to deduce the genealogical hierarchy from only ontogenetic transformation series. Like the outgroup criterion, ontogenetic character precedence is not theory‐neutral and to use it to deduce genealogy requires certain assumptions. If scientists are going to use logically unbeatable theories about the world, they might as well give up natural science and take up religion (Lewontin, 1972: 181).

Journal

CladisticsWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1985

References

  • Theories and methods in different approaches to phylogenetic systematics
    Brooks, Brooks; Wiley, Wiley
  • Philosophy and the transformation of cladistics
    Platnick, Platnick
  • Ontogeny and the recognition of primitive character‐states
    Rieppel, Rieppel
  • Evolutionary polarity of character states
    Stevens, Stevens
  • Individual variation in the distribution of lens potency in Wolffian lens regeneration
    Watanabe, Watanabe

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