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Ontogeny and Phylogeny

Ontogeny and Phylogeny Reviews Syst. Zool., 27(1), 1978, pp. 125-130 Ontogeny and Phylogeny.—Stephen Jay Gould. of great interest to know about the outcome of these endeavors. We are told nothing about this, osten- 1977. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, ix sibly because it "would need another volume even + 501 pp. $18.50. to begin an adequate treatment of how biologists "Why don't you, my dear peer, think instead of used recapitulation in their daily work" (pp. 115- but compiling?" —Leon Croizat (1962 [1964]: 673 116), and that volume, which would require original [slightly paraphrased]). research, has yet to be written. And since such a "Words, words, words"—William Shakespeare, task apparently would be incompatible with Hamlet, Act II, Scene II. Gould's pace of publication, he leaves the subject. And although the historical sections report certain Stephen Gould has written this book (1) for prac- facts previously unknown to me, this lack of infor- tice "before embarking on [his] magnum opus about mation on the biologically central issue is the sec- macroevolution" (p. viii) and (2) to show that, in ond source of disappointment with Gould's book. spite of the collapse of Haeckel's biogenetic law, the subject of parallels between ontogenesis and But still, Gould http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Systematic Biology Oxford University Press

Ontogeny and Phylogeny

Systematic Biology , Volume 27 (1) – Mar 1, 1978

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Oxford University Press
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© 1978 Society of Systematic Zoology
ISSN
1063-5157
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1076-836X
DOI
10.2307/2412825
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Abstract

Reviews Syst. Zool., 27(1), 1978, pp. 125-130 Ontogeny and Phylogeny.—Stephen Jay Gould. of great interest to know about the outcome of these endeavors. We are told nothing about this, osten- 1977. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, ix sibly because it "would need another volume even + 501 pp. $18.50. to begin an adequate treatment of how biologists "Why don't you, my dear peer, think instead of used recapitulation in their daily work" (pp. 115- but compiling?" —Leon Croizat (1962 [1964]: 673 116), and that volume, which would require original [slightly paraphrased]). research, has yet to be written. And since such a "Words, words, words"—William Shakespeare, task apparently would be incompatible with Hamlet, Act II, Scene II. Gould's pace of publication, he leaves the subject. And although the historical sections report certain Stephen Gould has written this book (1) for prac- facts previously unknown to me, this lack of infor- tice "before embarking on [his] magnum opus about mation on the biologically central issue is the sec- macroevolution" (p. viii) and (2) to show that, in ond source of disappointment with Gould's book. spite of the collapse of Haeckel's biogenetic law, the subject of parallels between ontogenesis and But still, Gould

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Systematic BiologyOxford University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1978

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