Conspectus of Carabid Classification: History, Holomorphology, and Higher Taxa

  • George E. Ball

Abstract

The purpose of an historical presentation is to develop in a tempral context events and circumstances that led to the state of affairs perceived at a particular time. History is, collectively, a record of the activities of Homo sapiens. In preparing an account of a portion of this record, one necessarily picks and chooses, and generally these activities are based on the viewpoint espoused by the author of the history. Or, put another way, a history is a reconstruction of events. As one knows, no two builders are apt to develop their structures in exactly the same way though both may use very similar materials. So, what follows is not the history of carabid classification, but a history as seen by one who appreciates and respects the workers of the past, who believes that science advances by evolution rather than by revolution, and who, as an evolutionist, believes that phylogeny and classification must be linked more or less closely.

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