Unburdening evo-devo: ancestral attractions, model organisms, and basal baloney

@article{Jenner2006UnburdeningEA,
  title={Unburdening evo-devo: ancestral attractions, model organisms, and basal baloney},
  author={Ronald A. Jenner},
  journal={Development Genes and Evolution},
  year={2006},
  volume={216},
  pages={385-394}
}
  • R. Jenner
  • Published 30 May 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Development Genes and Evolution
Although flourishing, I argue that evo-devo is not yet a mature scientific discipline. Its philosophical foundation exhibits an internal inconsistency that results from a metaphysical confusion. In modern evolutionary biology, species and other taxa are most commonly considered as individuals. I accept this thesis to be the best available foundation for modern evolutionary biology. However, evo-devo is characterized by a remarkable degree of typological thinking, which instead treats taxa as… 
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