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Venomous Dinosaurs and Rear-Fanged Snakes: Homology and Homoplasy Characterized

Currie, Adrian

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I develop an account of homology and homoplasy drawing on their use in biological inference and explanation. Biologists call on homology and homoplasy to infer character states, support adaptationist explanations, identify evolutionary novelties and hypothesize phylogenetic relationships. In these contexts, the concepts must be understood phylogenetically and kept separate: as they play divergent roles, overlap between the two ought to be avoided. I use these considerations to criticize an...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/23757
Source: Erkenntnis
DOI: 10.1007/s10670-013-9533-5

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