Classification, Evolution, and the Nature of Biology

Classification, Evolution, and the Nature of Biology

by Alec L. Panchen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521305822
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/26/1992
Pages: 415
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Patterns of classification; 3. Patterns of phylogeny; 4. Homology and the evidence for evolution; 5. Geological and geographical evidence; 6. Methods of classification: the development of taxonomy; 7. Methods of classification: phenetics and cladistics; 8. Methods of classification: the current debate; 9. Classification and the reconstruction of phylogeny; 10. Is systematics independent?; 11. Mechanisms of evolution: Darwinism and its rivals; 12. Mechanisms of evolution: the synthetic theory; 13. Scientific knowledge; 14. Philosophy and biology; References; Author index; Subject index.

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