Plants and the Conceptual Articulation of Evolutionary Developmental Biology

  title={Plants and the Conceptual Articulation of Evolutionary Developmental Biology},
  author={Francisco Vergara-Silva},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
Evo-devo and the search for homology (“sameness”) in biological systems
The following essay gives emphasis on the heuristic advantages of seemingly opposing perspectives in structural biology, with examples mainly from comparative plant morphology.
Homeosis of the angiosperm fl ower : Studies on three candidate cases of saltational evolution 1
Gradualism, as outlined in DARWIN’s infl uential book on the origin of species, maintains that evolution proceeds only by infi nitesimally small inherited modifi cations. There is quite some evidence
The proper place of hopeful monsters in evolutionary biology
EvoDevo: Past and Future of Continuum and Process Plant Morphology
Plants and animals are both important for studies in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo). Plant morphology as a valuable discipline of EvoDevo is set for a paradigm shift. Process thinking
Von Goethes dynamischer Pflanzenmorphologie zur evolutionären Entwicklungsbiologie («EVO-DEVO»): Holismus und Reduktionismus ergänzen sich. Herbsttagung «Evolving Morphology»
Will man Organismen um uns herum in ihrer Ganzheit verstehen, so kann auch die mystische Vereinigung mit der zu erforschenden Pflanze zu einem Erkenntnisgewinn führen.
Understanding the role of floral development in the evolution of angiosperm flowers: clarifications from a historical and physico-dynamic perspective
It is suggested that floral evolution is the result of alternating bursts of physical constraints and genetic stabilization processes following each other in succession.
Hochblatt und Typus
Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo) Research in Latin America.
Here, the first comprehensive overview of the Evo-Devo laboratories based in Latin America is provided and current lines of research based on endemic species are described, focusing on body plans and patterning, systematics, physiology, computational modeling approaches, ecology, and domestication.
The philosophy of plant neurobiology: a manifesto
This manifesto outlines a road map for the establishment and development of a new subject—the Philosophy of Plant Neurobiology—, a new field of research emerging at the intersection of the philosophy of cognitive science and plant neurobiology.


Complexity, Self-Organization and Selection
This paper explores the explanatory strategies deployed in this ``statistical mechanics'' for self-organization, initially focusing on the autonomy of statistical explanation as it applies in evolutionary settings and then turning to Kauffman's analysis.
Evo-Devo Enthusiasts Get Down to Details
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGYMany researchers from a field that melds evolutionary and developmental biology--evo-devo--are turning their attention away from dramatic evolutionary events and toward seemingly
Two Concepts of Constraint: Adaptationism and the Challenge from Developmental Biology
The so-called "adaptationism" of mainstream evolutionary biology has been criticized from a variety of sources. One, which has received relatively little philosophical attention, is developmental
A survey of primary homology assessment: different botanists perceive and define characters in different ways
Cladistic analyses begin with an assessment of variation for a group of organisms and the subsequent representation of that variation as a data matrix. The step of converting observed organismal