Sameness in Biology*

Grant Ramsey, Anne Siebels Peterson
2012 Philosophy of Science  
Homology is a biological sameness relation that is purported to hold in the face of changes in form, composition, and function. In spite of the centrality and importance of homology, there is no consensus on how we should understand this concept. The two leading views of homology, the genealogical and developmental accounts, have significant shortcomings. We propose a new account, the hierarchical-dependency account of homology, which avoids these shortcomings. Furthermore, our account provides
more » ... for continuity between special, general, and serial homology.
doi:10.1086/664744 fatcat:nekdsygzpzfednsi24rtvbsgze