When did the fascination with phylogenetic trees begin?

Mike Crisp Mike.Crisp at ANU.EDU.AU
Thu Feb 27 10:42:46 CST 1997


In the current discussion of the origin and rise of 'tree-thinking', I am
surprised that nobody has yet mentioned the important paper by Peter
Stevens (1984). Metaphors and typology in the development of botanical
systematics 1690-1960, or the art of putting new wine in old bottles. Taxon
33, 169-211.  Not only does Stevens cite early examples of phylogenetic
trees, but also he puts tree-thinking into the context of competing
metaphors of natural relationships - networks, ladders and so on.

Mike Crisp


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