Theoretical Morphology: The Concept and Its Applications. George R. McGhee Jr. Columbia University Press, New York. 1999. 316 pages. Cloth $60.00, paper $26.50.

The morphological diversity of life has captivated systematists in the construction of classifications, embryologists in the study of development, and evolutionists in the formulation of theories of organic change. In a century marked by the advances of molecular biology, has the discipline of morphology produced anything … new? Yes. The solidification of paleontology and systematics and the emergence of macroevolution as a legitimate field owe much to an increased rigor in the analysis of morphological data. At...

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