Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A Framework for Post-Phylogenetic Systematics Paperback – September 1, 2013
About the Author
Richard Zander is currently Research Associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden. He is presently Lead Editor for the bryophyte volumes of the Flora of North America. Ph.D. from Duke University 1969. Editor, The Bryologist 1980-1984. Major publication is Genera of the Pottiaceae, Mosses of Harsh Environments (H. A. Gleason Award, 1994). Curator of Botany, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1970-2001. More than 170 peer-reviewed publications in bryology and botany.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
"Discrepancies between classical results and morphological and molecular cladograms are explained through heterophyletic inference of deep ancestral taxa, coarse priors leading to Bayesian Solution of total evidence, self-nesting ladders that can reverse branching order, and a superoptimization protocol that aids in distinguishing pseudoextinction from budding evolution. It determines direction of transformative evolution through Dollo evaluation at the taxon level. The genus as a basic, practical unit of evolution is postulated for taxa with dissilient evolution. Scientific intuition is defended as highly developed heuristics based on physical principles. The geometric mean and Fibonacci series in powers of the golden ratio explain distributions of measurements of the form (a–)b–c(–d) when close to zero. This series is basic both to S. J. Gould’s speciational reformulation of macroevolution and to psychologically salient numbers."
Self-nesting ladders that can reverse branching order? The golden mean? Psychologically salient numbers???
Although I like the idea of Fibonacci numbers showing up in cladistic analyses (it would prove that God exists and is a Pythagorean!), I find it difficult to believe that a naturalistic scientist would make such wild claims. And what on earth is a "psychologically salient number" á la Stephen Jay Gould, anyway?
But sure, I might have misunderstood something. Perhaps this book really does contain the answer to the eternal questions. Or at least a workable framework for post-phylogenetic systematics. For that reasons, I give it three stars.