Thesis ID: CBB539136968

Development, Evolution, and Teeth: How We Came to Explain The Morphological Evolution of the Mammalian Dentition (2017)


This dissertation begins to lay out a small slice of the history of morphological research, and how it has changed, from the late 19th through the close of the 20th century. Investigators using different methods, addressing different questions, holding different assumptions, and coming from different research fields have pursued morphological research programs, i.e. research programs that explore the process of changing form. Subsequently, the way in which investigators have pursued and understood morphology has witnessed significant changes from the 19th century to modern day research. In order to trace this shifting history of morphology, I have selected a particular organ, teeth, and traced a tendril of research on the dentition beginning in the late 19th century and ending at the year 2000. But even focusing on teeth would be impossible; the scope of research on this organ is far too vast. Instead, I narrow this dissertation to investigation of research on a particular problem: explaining mammalian tooth morphology. How researchers have investigated mammalian tooth morphology and what counts as an explanation changed dramatically during this period.

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Authors & Contributors
Blackman, Helen J.
Cramer, Friedrich
Gould, Stephen Jay
Donath, M. J
Theunissen, Bert
Dougherty, Frank W. P.
Archives of Natural History
Sitzungsberichte der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Klasse
Natural History
Tijdschrift voor de Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde, Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Techniek
Journal of the History of Biology
British Journal for the History of Science
River and Plains Society
The MIT Press
University of Pennsylvania
Leuven University Press
Princeton University
Animal morphology
Evolutionary developmental biology
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Balfour, Francis Maitland
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Étienne
Cuvier, Georges
Darwin, Charles Robert
Linnaeus, Carolus
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
18th century
Great Britain
The Netherlands: Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg
Montana (U.S.)
Cambridge University

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