OUTGROUPS AND ONTOGENY

OUTGROUPS AND ONTOGENY Abstract— Common themes in some recent expositions of character phylogeny are attempts to prove that outgroup comparison is a method of the greatest generality, and that the ontogenetic criterion reduces to outgroup comparison. Another common theme is that pattern cladistics is wrongheaded in suggesting that ontogenetic data have a unique value for studies of character phylogeny. Analysis of particular examples that have been offered as proof of the themes shows them to be flawed and without significance. Arguments against pattern cladistics and the relevance of ontogeny stem from a concern for ideological purity and not for objective appraisal of relevant evidence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cladistics Wiley

OUTGROUPS AND ONTOGENY

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.tb00409.x
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Abstract

Abstract— Common themes in some recent expositions of character phylogeny are attempts to prove that outgroup comparison is a method of the greatest generality, and that the ontogenetic criterion reduces to outgroup comparison. Another common theme is that pattern cladistics is wrongheaded in suggesting that ontogenetic data have a unique value for studies of character phylogeny. Analysis of particular examples that have been offered as proof of the themes shows them to be flawed and without significance. Arguments against pattern cladistics and the relevance of ontogeny stem from a concern for ideological purity and not for objective appraisal of relevant evidence.

Journal

CladisticsWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1985

References

  • Theories and methods in different approaches to phylogenetic systematics
    Brooks, Brooks; Wiley, Wiley
  • Ontogeny and phylogenetic systematics
    Kluge, Kluge

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