Leandro C. S. Assis

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Taxa and homologues can in our view be construed both as kinds and as individuals. However, the conceptualization of taxa as natural kinds in the sense of homeostatic property cluster kinds has been criticized by some systematists, as it seems that even such kinds cannot evolve due to their being homeostatic. We reply by arguing that the treatment of(More)
Darwin proclaimed that “our classifications will come to be, as far as they can be so made, genealogies”. That turned out to be easier said than done. Even as late as the 1970s, biologists were still grouping animals and plants largely on the basis of overall physical similarity and whether they possessed or lacked certain traits, such as a backbone or the(More)
A new species of Lauraceae, Beilschmiedia vestita, from the Brazilian Atlantic forest, in Minas Gerais state, is described and illustrated. Its morphological similarities and differences in relation to other species of Beilschmiedia are discussed. Distribution, habitat, phenology, etymology, and the IUCN Red List category are also provided. Uma espécie nova(More)
Recent commentary by Costello and collaborators on the current state of the global taxonomic enterprise attempts to demonstrate that taxonomy is not in decline as feared by taxonomists, but rather is increasing by virtue of the rate at which new species are formally named. Having supported their views with data that clearly indicate as much, Costello et al.(More)
The present paper is an argument in support of the continued importance of morphological systematics and a plea for improving molecular phylogenetic analyses by addressing explicit character transformations. We use here the inference of key innovations and adaptive radiations to demonstrate why morphological systematics is still relevant and necessary.(More)
The relation of homology is generally characterized as an identity relation, or alternatively as a correspondence relation, both of which are transitive. We use the example of the ontogenetic development and evolutionary origin of the gnathostome jaw to discuss identity and transitivity of the homology relation under the transformationist and emergentist(More)
Three new hermaphrodite species of Ocotea (Lauraceae) from the campos rupestres of Brazil are described and illustrated: Ocotea pumila, which is known from Bahia state; and Ocotea colophanthera and Ocotea rupestris both from Minas Gerais state. Their diagnostic features are pointed out, and a discussion of their relationships to other species of Ocotea is(More)
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