This book is a thought-provoking assessment of assumptions inhibiting progress in comparative biology. The volume is inspired by a list generated years earlier by Donn Rosen, one of the most influential, innovative and productive comparative biologists of the latter 20th century. His list has assumed almost legendary status among comparative evolutionary biologists. Surprisingly many of the obstructing assumptions implicated by Rosen remain relevant today. Any comparative biologist hoping to avoid such assumptions in their own research will benefit from this introspective volume.
Contributors and general topics have been identified, but here is topical Table of Contents. Introduction. Brief Biography of Donn E. Rosen. Evolution, Skepticism, and Donn Rosen. Species. Revisionary Systematics and Species Descriptions. Species Models. Species and Ontology. Species Concepts. Systematics. Taxonomy and Nomenclature. Systematics Today. Homology and Homoplasy. Convergence. Homoplasy. Convergence really occurs. The Evolutionary Process . Characters and development. Goldschmidt's Ideas. Evo-devo. Competition. Extinction and Epistemology. Fossils and Biogeography. Fossils. Biogeography. Biogeography. Comparative Biogeography. Historical Ecology. Fish Systematics. Fish Systematics. Evolution, Systematics, Comparative Biology. Fish Systematics. Fish Systematics. Keynote. Comparative Biology.
" [includes] fascinating examples of unwarranted assumptions in comparative biology. Reading this book allowed me to recognize similar assumptions in other areas of biology."
Ralph Molnar, University of California Museum of Paleontology