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

  title={Unburdening evo-devo: ancestral attractions, model organisms, and basal baloney},
  author={R. Jenner},
  journal={Development Genes and Evolution},
  • R. Jenner
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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