From Haeckel to Hennig: the early development of phylogenetics in German‐speaking Europe

  title={From Haeckel to Hennig: the early development of phylogenetics in German‐speaking Europe},
  author={Rainer Willmann},
An outline of the development of phylogenetic thinking and methodology in German literature published between 1862 and 1942 is presented. Central European biologists and palaeontologists of the first post‐Darwinian generation of biologists holding evolutionary views were directly stimulated by Darwin. Members of the second generation, mostly born after 1850, were largely influenced also by colleagues of the first post‐Darwinian generation, mainly by Haeckel. Among them were O. Abel, V. Franz, R… 

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