The integration of Darwinism and evolutionary morphology: Alexej Nikolajevich Sewertzoff (1866–1936) and the developmental basis of evolutionary change

Authors

  • George S. Levit,

    1. Institüt fur Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik Ernst-Haeckel-Haus, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, D–07745 Jena, Germany
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  • Uwe Hoβfeld,

    1. Institüt fur Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik Ernst-Haeckel-Haus, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, D–07745 Jena, Germany
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  • Lennart Olsson

    Corresponding author
    1. Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie mit Phyletischem Museum, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, D–07743 Jena, Germany
    • Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie mit Phyletischem Museum Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Erbertstr. 1 D–07743 Jena, Germany
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Abstract

The growth of evolutionary morphology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was inspired by the work of Carl Gegenbaur (1826–1903) and his protégé and friend Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919). However, neither of them succeeded in creating and applying a strictly Darwinian (selectionist) methodology. This task was left to the next generation of evolutionary morphologists. In this paper we present a relatively unknown researcher, Alexej Nikolajevich Sewertzoff (1866–1936) who made important contributions towards a synthesis of Darwinism and evolutionary morphology. J. Exp. Zool. (Mol Dev. Evol.) 302B:343–354, 2004. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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