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By Alan C. Love

This quantity explores questions on conceptual swap from either clinical and philosophical viewpoints by means of studying the new background of evolutionary developmental biology. It gains revised papers that originated from the workshop "Conceptual switch in organic technological know-how: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981-2011" held on the Max Planck Institute for the background of technological know-how in Berlin in July 2010.

In those papers, philosophers and biologists examine and distinction key thoughts in evolutionary developmental biology and their improvement because the unique, seminal Dahlem convention on evolution and improvement held in Berlin in 1981. the various unique clinical members from the 1981 convention also are individuals to this new quantity and, along side different specialist biologists and philosophers specializing on those themes, supply an authoritative, complete view at the subject.

Taken jointly, the papers provide novel views on how and why the conceptual panorama has shifted and stabilized particularly methods, yielding insights into the dynamic epistemic alterations that experience happened during the last 3 a long time. This quantity will entice philosophers of biology learning conceptual switch, evolutionary developmental biologists inquisitive about comprehending the genesis in their box and comparing its destiny instructions, and historians of biology analyzing this era whilst the intersection of evolution and improvement rose back to prominence in organic science.

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The case is different for network theory because of the centrality of gene network regulation in the developmental genetic paradigm (Davidson et al. 2002). As noted (Sect. 2), physical approaches that were predominant at Dahlem have had a marginal status in understanding the origin of evolutionary novelty and other phenomena of interest to Evo-devo researchers (see Newman, Chap. 19, this volume). Another reason why physical considerations are relevant is because of performance requirements on embryos and larvae (Strathmann, Chap.

Some systematists were debating the validity of the biogenetic law as a tool for reconstructing phylogeny (Fink 1982; Humphries 1988). Phylogenetic reconstruction had not yet been conceptualized as an independent methodological step in offering Evo-devo explanations of novelties and other evolutionary change. In conjunction with developments in phylogenetic systematics and the use of molecular data, debates about the meaning of homology grew in intensity (Patterson 1988; Roth 1984, 1988; Wagner 1989; Hall 1994).

Phylogenetic reconstruction had not yet been conceptualized as an independent methodological step in offering Evo-devo explanations of novelties and other evolutionary change. In conjunction with developments in phylogenetic systematics and the use of molecular data, debates about the meaning of homology grew in intensity (Patterson 1988; Roth 1984, 1988; Wagner 1989; Hall 1994). Explicitly defining evolutionary novelty became more salient as definitions of homology were hotly debated. Conflicts about what counts as the same character (or character state) brought into focus what counts as a new character (or character state).

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