The History of Systematics: A Working Bibliography, 1965-1996

7 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2014

Date Written: July 1, 1998


80 titles published between 1965 and 1996 in multiple languages attest to an increase in scholarly interest in the history of systematic biology, both among scientific practitioners and also among historians and philosophers of science. Topics studied have included the early history of the field (Ray, Linnaeus, Buffon), the influence of essentialism on systematics, the history of systematic diagrams, the development of cladistic analysis, the nature of species, and the growth of phylogenetic thinking.

Keywords: cladistic analysis, cladistics, classification, evolution, evolutionary biology, historical sciences, history of science, natural history, palaetiology, phylogenetics, phylogeny, species, systematics, taxonomy, tree thinking, visual communication

Suggested Citation

O’Hara, Robert J., The History of Systematics: A Working Bibliography, 1965-1996 (July 1, 1998). Available at SSRN: or

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics