Idealization in evolutionary developmental investigation: a tension between phenotypic plasticity and normal stages

@article{Love2010IdealizationIE,
  title={Idealization in evolutionary developmental investigation: a tension between phenotypic plasticity and normal stages},
  author={Alan C. Love},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={365},
  pages={679 - 690}
}
  • A. Love
  • Published 27 February 2010
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Idealization is a reasoning strategy that biologists use to describe, model and explain that purposefully departs from features known to be present in nature. Similar to other strategies of scientific reasoning, idealization combines distinctive strengths alongside of latent weaknesses. The study of ontogeny in model organisms is usually executed by establishing a set of normal stages for embryonic development, which enables researchers in different laboratory contexts to have standardized… 
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