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  • 11 Jul 2022
    Ronald A. Jenner

    Telling evolutionary stories

    In my book I trace the history of narrative phylogenetics—the science of evolutionary storytelling—from its pre-evolutionary roots to the present day. I outline the conceptual shifts involved in transforming a static view of nature into a dynamic view, where the branching evolutionary relationships between taxa are understood to be the products of the linear descent and divergence of evolving lineages. I discuss the enduring challenges of what I call lineage thinking, which involves weaving linear evolutionary narratives with branching evidence.

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