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From Embryology to Evo-Devo

A History of Developmental Evolution

contributions by Frederick B. Churchill; Elihu M. Gerson; John P. Wourms; William C. Wimsatt; Manfred D. Laubichler; Stuart A. Newman; Günter P. Wagner; James R. Griesemer; Garland E. Allen; Scott F. Gilbert; Gerd B. Müller; Marsha L. Richmond; Brian K. Hall; Jane Maienschein & Alan C. Love

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Historians, philosophers, sociologists, and biologists explore the history of the idea that embryological development and evolution are linked.

Although we now know that ontogeny (individual development) does not actually recapitulate phylogeny (evolutionary transformation), contrary to Ernst Haeckel's famous dictum, the relationship between embryological development and evolution remains the subject of intense scientific interest. In the 1990s a new field, evolutionary developmental biology (or evo-devo), was hailed as the synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In From Embryology to Evo-Devo, historians, philosophers, sociologists, and biologists offer diverse perspectives on the history of efforts to understand the links between development and evolution. After examining events in the history of early twentieth century embryology and developmental genetics—including the fate of Haeckel's law and its various reformulations, the ideas of William Bateson, and Richard Goldschmidt's idiosyncratic synthesis of ontogeny and phylogeny—the contributors explore additional topics ranging from the history of comparative embryology in America to a philosophical-historical analysis of different research styles. Finally, three major figures in theoretical biology—Brian Hall, Gerd Müller, and Günter Wagner—reflect on the past and future of evo-devo, particularly on the interdisciplinary nature of the field. The sum is an exciting interdisciplinary exploration of developmental evolution.

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Frederick B. Churchill

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Elihu M. Gerson

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John P. Wourms

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William C. Wimsatt is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He was awarded the 2013 David L. Hull Prize by the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.
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Manfred D. Laubichler is Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy at the School of Life Sciences and Centers for Biology and Society and Social Dynamics and Complexity at Arizona State University.He is the coeditor of From Embryology to Evo-Devo (MIT Press, 2007).
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Stuart Newman is Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College.
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Stuart Newman is Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College.
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James R. Griesemer is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis.
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James R. Griesemer is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis.
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James R. Griesemer is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis.
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Gerd B. Müller, is Professor of Zoology and Head of the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna and President of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research.
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Gerd B. Müller, is Professor of Zoology and Head of the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna and President of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research.
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Brian K. Hall is University Research Professor and George S. Campbell Professor of Biology at Dalhousie University.
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Jane Maienschein is Regents' Professor and Parents Association Professor in the School of Life Sciences and Director of the Center of Biology and Society at Arizona State University.
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Jane Maienschein is Regents' Professor and Parents Association Professor in the School of Life Sciences and Director of the Center of Biology and Society at Arizona State University.
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An exceptionally well-integrated volume... Its examination of what is required to integrate scientific disciplines, and what is accomplished thereby, is important. It also serves as a model of cooperation among historians, philosophers, and scientists. For historians interested in the focal topics of the book, it is a major and inescapable starting point.

Richard Burian, ISIS

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