The Hierarchical Basis of Comparative Biology

1st Edition - December 18, 2000

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  • Editor: Brian Hall
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080574301

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The application of homology varies depending on the data being examined. This volume represents a state-of-the-art treatment of the different applications of this unifying concept. Chapters deal with homology on all levels, from molecules to behavior, and are authored by leading contributors to systematics, natural history, and evolutionary, developmental, and comparative biology. This paperback reprint of the original hardbound edition continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sir Richard Owen's seminal paper distinguishing homology from analogy.

Key Features

  • Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Sir Richard Owen's seminal paper distinguishing homology from analogy
  • Contributors who are renowned leaders in comparative biology
  • Coverage that is both comprehensive and interdisciplinary


Graduate students and faculty in any field of comparative biology, including molecular systematics, comparative anatomy/ethology, and evolutionary and developmental biology

Table of Contents

  • Contributors.
    Introduction, B.K. Hall.
    Richard Owen and The Concept of Homology, A.L. Panchen.
    Homology, Topology, and Typology: The History of Modern Debates, O. Rieppel.
    Homology and Systematics, G. Nelson.
    Homology, Form, and Function, G.V. Lauder.
    Can Biometrical Shape Be A Homologous Character?, F.L. Bookstein.
    Homology, Development, and Heredity, B. Goodwin.
    History, Ontogeny, and Evolution of the Archetype, N.H. Shubin.
    Homology and the Mechanisms of Development, G.P. Wagner.
    Within and Between Organisms: Replicators, Lineages, and Homologues, V.L. Roth.
    Homology in Molecular Biology, D.M. Hillis.
    Homology and Behavioral Repertoires, H.W. Greene.
    Complexity and Homology in Plants, M.J. Donoghue and M.J. Sanderson.
    Homology, Homeosis, and Process Morphology in Plants, R. Sattler.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 504
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: December 18, 2000
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080574301

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Brian Hall

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Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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