Heterochrony in Evolution

A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Michael L. McKinney

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Uses of Heterochrony

    1. Stephen Jay Gould
      Pages 1-13
  3. Analysis of Heterochrony

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Michael L. McKinney
      Pages 17-34
    3. Brian N. Tissot
      Pages 35-51
    4. David W. Foster, Roger L. Kaesler
      Pages 53-69
    5. Douglas S. Jones
      Pages 93-108
  4. Heterochrony in Major Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Edward O. Guerrant Jr.
      Pages 111-133
    3. John M. Pandolfi
      Pages 135-158
    4. Neil H. Landman
      Pages 159-182
    5. Dana Geary
      Pages 183-196
    6. David R. Lindberg
      Pages 197-216
    7. John C. Hafner, Mark S. Hafner
      Pages 217-235
    8. Brian T. Shea
      Pages 237-266
  5. Cause, Abundance, and Implications of Heterochrony

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Victor Ambros
      Pages 269-285
    3. Kenneth J. McNamara
      Pages 287-325
    4. Michael L. McKinney
      Pages 327-340
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 341-348

About this book


... an adult poet is simply an individual in a state of arrested development-in brief, a sort of moron. Just as all of us, in utero, pass through a stage in which we are tadpoles, ... so all of us pass through a state, in our nonage, when we are poets. A youth of seventeen who is not a poet is simply a donkey: his development has been arrested even anterior to that of the tadpole. But a man of fifty who still writes poetry is either an unfortunate who has never developed, intellectually, beyond his teens, or a conscious buffoon who pretends to be something he isn't-something far younger and juicier than he actually is. -H. 1. Mencken, High and Ghostly Matters, Prejudices: Fourth Series (1924) Where would evolution be, Without this thing, heterochrony? -M. L. McKinney (1987) One of the joys of working in a renascent field is that it is actually possible to keep up with the literature. So it is with mixed emotions that we heterochronists (even larval forms like myself) view the recent "veritable explosion of interest in heterochrony" (in Gould's words in this volume). On the positive side, it is ob­ viously necessary and desirable to extend and expand the inquiry; but one regrets that already we are beginning to talk past, lose track of, and even ignore each other as we carve out individual interests.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael L. McKinney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geological Sciences, and Graduate Program in EcologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0797-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0795-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0275-0120
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