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By Brian K. Hall

ISBN-10: 0080574300

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The software of homology varies counting on the knowledge being tested. This quantity represents a cutting-edge therapy of the several functions of this unifying inspiration. Chapters take care of homology on all degrees, from molecules to behaviour, and are authored through best individuals to systematics, traditional heritage, and evolutionary, developmental, and comparative biology.

This paperback reprint of the unique hardbound variation maintains to commemorate the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Sir Richard Owen's seminal paper distinguishing homology from analogy.

  • Commemoration of the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Sir Richard Owen's seminal paper distinguishing homology from analogy
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But two corresponding vertebrae, each from a different animal, are special homologues of one another, and general homologues of the corresponding vertebra of the archetype: Relations of homology are of three kinds: the first is that above defined, viz. the correspondency of a part or organ, determined by its relative position and connections, with a part or organ of a different animal; the determination of which homology indicates t h a t such animals are constructed on a common type: when for example the correspondence of the basilar process of the h u m a n occipital bone with the distinct bone called 'basi-occipital' in a fish or crocodile is shown, the special homology ofthat process is determined.

He does, however, suggest that the influence of Sedgwick, Whewell, a n d Conybeare p e r s u a d e d Owen to establish the archetype as in the mind of the Creator. This contrasts with the view of Desmond (1989), who, a s s u m i n g t h a t O w e n s a r c h e t y p e h a d always c o r r e s p o n d e d to a Platonic idea, saw it as an establishment ploy against radical medical practitioners in London, who were advocates of Lamarckian evolution and of the suspect transcendentalism of Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (see below).

4. The archetype vertebra, after Owen (1849). ) Richard Owen and the Concept of Homology 35 Fig. 5. "Natural skeleton-segment, Osteocomma' or vertebra'. Thorax of Bird", after Owen (1849). (From the original by permission of the Robinson. ) Oken claimed priority; for a n i n e t e e n t h c e n t u r y account, see Lewes, 1864, pp. 357-364). By the time of publication of Owen's On the Archetype the vertebral theory of the skull was widely accepted, particularly by the German Naturphilosophen b u t with wide disagreement as to the n u m b e r of vertebrae represented (Owen, 1848, pp.

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