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Assumptions Inhibiting Progress in Comparative Biology

1st Edition

Edited by Brian I. Crother, Lynne R. Parenti

CRC Press

270 pages | 18 Color Illus. | 33 B/W Illus.

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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.


" [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

Table of Contents

Assumptions that inhibit scientific progress in comparative biology

Donn E. Rosen

Donald Eric Rosen (1929-1986)

Gareth Nelson

Rosen decomposing

Lynne R. Parenti and Brian I. Crother

Donn E. Rosen, Skepticism, and Evolution

Brian I. Crother

Network Species Model Consociates Process Ecology and Material Object Theory

David Kizirian and Maureen A. Donnelly

The Inhibition of Scientific Progress: Perceptions of Biological Units

Christopher M. Murray, Caleb D. McMahan, Craig Guyer and Brian I. Crother

Hopeful Monsters? Evo-devo and a Much Expanded Evolutionary Synthesis

Mary E. White

Does Competition Generate Biodiversity? An Essay in Honor of Donn Eric Rosen

Maureen A. Donnelly

Epistemological Concern for Estimating Extinction: Introducing a New Model for Comparing Phylogenies

Prosanta Chakrabarty and Subir Shakya

Donn Rosen and the Perils of Paleontology

Lance Grande

Biogeographic Origin of Mainland Norops (Squamata: Dactyloidae)

Kirsten E. Nicholson, Craig Guyer and John G. Phillips

Modification of a Comparative Biogeographic Method Protocol to Differentiate Vicariance and Dispersal

Mallory E. Eckstut, Brett R. Riddle and Brian I. Crother

Raising Cain: On the Assumptions that Inhibit Scientific Progress in Comparative Biogeography

Lynne R. Parenti

Evidence, Pattern and Assumptions – Reintroducing Rosen’s Empiricism and Skepticism to Systematics and Biogeography

Randall D. Mooi

About the Editors

Brian I. Crother is Professor of Biological Sciences and Assistant Dean of the College of Science and Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the President Elect of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. His research focuses on evolution from a phylogenetic perspective; historical biogeography, historical ecology, patterns of gene evolution, patterns of species evolution, methodology and philosophy of phylogenetic analysis. In addition, he is engaged in survey work for the accumulation of long term data for amphibian and reptile populations in local wetlands. Lynne R. Parenti is curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Her research program focuses on the phylogeny, systematics, comparative morphology, and historical biogeography of bony fishes especially the systematics and biogeography of freshwater and coastal marine fishes of the Indo-Pacific; use of new morphological characters in systematic ichthyology, especially neglected character sets; and the development of new tools for the collection and preservation of natural history specimens. She is the author or editor of several books including a previous volume in the Species and Systematics book series.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General