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dc.contributor.authorJenner, R
dc.contributor.editorFusco, Gen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-27T14:58:16Z
dc.date.available2019-03-27T14:58:16Z
dc.date.issued2019-01
dc.date.submitted2019
dc.identifier.citationJenner, R. The origin of evolutionary storytelling in: Fusco, G. Perspectives on Evolutionary and Developmental Biology Essays for Alessandro Minelli (2019)en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-88-6938-140-9
dc.identifier.isbn978-88-6938-140-9
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10141/622455
dc.description.abstractPhylogenetics emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century as a discipline dedicated to constructing descriptive and explanatory narratives that traced the evolutionary origins of taxa and traits. Because ancestors and evolutionary transformations are empirically inaccessible, phylogeneticists had no choice but to use their more or less informed imagination to gain access to this epistemic hinterland. The explanatory power of phylogenetic hypotheses resides in their ability to trace back traits to their evolutionary origins. Hypothetical ancestors therefore became important epistemic tools as they were deliberately equipped with characters that could function as suitable evolutionary precursors for traits of interest. I argue that the precursor potential of hypothetical ancestors therefore became the first, more or less objective, phylogenetic optimality criterion.en_US
dc.publisherPadova University Pressen_US
dc.relation.urihttp://www.padovauniversitypress.it/en_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.padovauniversitypress.it/system/files/attachments_field/9788869381409-oa.pdfen_US
dc.rightsopenAccessen_US
dc.titleThe origin of evolutionary storytellingen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.publisher.placePadova, Italyen_US
dc.identifier.startpage357 - 368 (12)en_US
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups/Research
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups/Research/LS Research
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Life Sciences
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elements.import.authorJenner, Ren_US
dc.description.nhmFirst edition 2019, Padova University Press © 2019 Padova University Press, Università degli Studi di Padova, via 8 Febbraio 2, Padova www.padovauniversitypress.it ISBN 978-88-6938-140-9 Printed in January 2019en_US
dc.subject.nhmPhylogeneticsen_US
dc.subject.nhmEpistemic toolsen_US
dc.subject.nhmAncestorsen_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-03-27T14:58:16Z


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