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The Epistemic Value of the Living Fossils Concept

Watkins, Aja (2020) The Epistemic Value of the Living Fossils Concept. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Living fossils, taxa with similar members now and in the deep past, have recently come under scrutiny. Those who think the concept should be retained have argued for its epistemic and normative utility. This paper extends the epistemic utility of the living fossils concept to include ways in which a taxon's living fossil status can serve as evidence for other claims about that taxon. I will use some insights from developmental biology to refine these claims. Insofar as these considerations demonstrate the epistemic utility of the living fossils concept, they support retaining the concept and using it in biological research.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Watkins, Ajaajawatki@bu.edu0000-0003-0171-8738
Keywords: living fossils, development, paleontology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
Depositing User: Aja Watkins
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2020 03:11
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2020 03:11
Item ID: 18033
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18033

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