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The Paleobiological RevolutionEssays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology$
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David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001

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The Morphological Tradition in German Paleontology: Otto Jaekel, Walter Zimmermann, and Otto Schmdewolf

The Morphological Tradition in German Paleontology: Otto Jaekel, Walter Zimmermann, and Otto Schmdewolf

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(p.279) Chapter Fourteen The Morphological Tradition in German Paleontology: Otto Jaekel, Walter Zimmermann, and Otto Schmdewolf
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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Manfred D. Laubichler

Karl J. Niklas

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0015

This chapter examines the important morphological tradition in German paleontology. It suggests that the pluralistic and biologically oriented German paleontology both predated and anticipated many of the concerns of the paleobiology movement in the United States. This chapter explains that German paleontology developed its own paleobiology independently of both the Anglo-American tradition and the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis. Thus, it can be considered a perfect topic for a cultural history of science that places the development of scientific theories and concepts clearly within the framework of cultural references, values, and transformations.

Keywords:   German paleontology, morphological tradition, United States, paleobiology, Modern Evolutionary Synthesis, scientific theories, cultural references

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