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The Future of Phylogenetic Systematics
The Legacy of Willi Hennig

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Norman Platnick, David Williams, Quentin Wheeler, Michael Schmitt, Willi E. R. Xylander, Ole Seberg, Torbjørn Ekrem, Jaakko Hyvönen, Per Sundberg, Pascal Tassy, Andrew V. Z. Brower, Rainer Willman, Gareth Nelson, Leandro C. S. Assis, René Zaragüeta Bagils, Sophie Pécaud, Randall D. Mooi, Anthony C. Gill, Malte C. Ebach, Ward C. Wheeler, Gonzalo Giribet, Robin Bruce, Olivier Reippel, Charissa S. Varma, Nobuhiro Minaka, Stéphane Prin
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  • Date Published: June 2016
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  • Willi Hennig (1913–76), founder of phylogenetic systematics, revolutionised our understanding of the relationships among species and their natural classification. An expert on Diptera and fossil insects, Hennig's ideas were applicable to all organisms. He wrote about the science of taxonomy or systematics, refining and promoting discussion of the precise meaning of the term 'relationship', the nature of systematic evidence, and how those matters impinge on a precise understanding of monophyly, paraphyly, and polyphyly. Hennig's contributions are relevant today and are a platform for the future. This book focuses on the intellectual aspects of Hennig's work and gives dimension to the future of the subject in relation to Hennig's foundational contributions to the field of phylogenetic systematics. Suitable for graduate students and academic researchers, this book will also appeal to philosophers and historians interested in the legacy of Willi Hennig.

    • Includes several chapters on the history of phylogenetic systems which will act as a platform for the study of this significant change in taxonomic and evolutionary practice
    • Covers a wide spectrum of topics including practical issues in biology, which invests renewed interest in the development of comparative biology
    • Includes chapters on areas of progress which identify the need for future developmental research and investigative study into these subjects
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    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316689189
    • contains: 75 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword Norman I. Platnick
    Introduction David Williams, Quentin Wheeler and Michael Schmitt
    1. Mission impossible: the childhood and youth of Willi Hennig Willi E. R. Xylander
    2. Willi Hennig: a shy man behind a scientific revolution Michael Schmitt
    3. Willi Hennig's legacy in the Nordic countries Ole Seberg, Torbjørn Ekrem, Jaakko Hyvönen and Per Sundberg
    4. Hennigian systematics in France, a historical approach with a glimpse of sociology Pascal Tassy
    5. Are we all cladists? Andrew V. Z. Brower
    6. How much of Hennig is in present-day cladistics? Michael Schmitt
    7. The evolution of Willi Hennig's phylogenetic considerations Rainer Willmann
    8. What we all learned from Hennig Gareth Nelson
    9. Semaphoronts: 'the elements of biological systematics' Leandro C. S. Assis
    10. Why should cladograms be dichotomous? René Zaragüeta Bagils and Sophie Pécaud
    11. Hennig's auxiliary principle and reciprocal illumination revisited Randall D. Mooi and Anthony C. Gill
    12. Dispersalism and neodispersalism Malte C. Ebach and David M. Williams
    13. Molecular data in systematics: a promise fulfilled, a future beckoning Ward C. Wheeler and Gonzalo Giribet
    14. Hennig, Løvtrup, evolution and biology Robin Bruce
    15. Willi Hennig as Philosopher Olivier Reippel
    16. Hennig and hierarchies Charissa S. Varma
    17. Chain, tree, and network: the development of phylogenetic systematics in the context of genealogical visualization and information graphics Nobuhiro Minaka
    18. The relational view of phylogenetic hypotheses and what it tells us on the phylogeny/classification relation problem Stéphane Prin
    19. This struggle for survival: systematic biology and institutional leadership Quentin Wheeler
    Index.

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    David Williams, Natural History Museum, London
    David Williams is a research scientist at the Natural History Museum, London, specialising in diatom systematics-taxonomy. He has published over two hundred journal papers and has written nine books. His research interests include the systematics and biogeography of diatoms and theoretical studies related to cladistics advances.

    Michael Schmitt, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany
    Michael Schmitt is a retired Adjunct Professor of Zoology at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany, and was recently appointed President of the German Society for History and Philosophy of Biology. He is the author of From Taxonomy to Phylogenetics: Life and Work of Willi Hennig (2013), the only biography of Willi Hennig.

    Quentin Wheeler, State University of New York
    Quentin Wheeler is President of the ESF State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. He is the author or editor of six books and currently writes a 'New to Nature' feature in the Guardian. His research interests include the morphology, taxonomy and phylogeny of beetles, systematic biology theory, and the role of taxonomy in biodiversity exploration and conservation.

    Contributors

    Norman Platnick, David Williams, Quentin Wheeler, Michael Schmitt, Willi E. R. Xylander, Ole Seberg, Torbjørn Ekrem, Jaakko Hyvönen, Per Sundberg, Pascal Tassy, Andrew V. Z. Brower, Rainer Willman, Gareth Nelson, Leandro C. S. Assis, René Zaragüeta Bagils, Sophie Pécaud, Randall D. Mooi, Anthony C. Gill, Malte C. Ebach, Ward C. Wheeler, Gonzalo Giribet, Robin Bruce, Olivier Reippel, Charissa S. Varma, Nobuhiro Minaka, Stéphane Prin

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