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David Wake Summary of problems with claim: Wake's point is that the term "homology" was coined in a pre-evolutionary context, and that it has proven difficult to construct a definition of homology which fully incorporates what we understand about the evolution of anatomical structures. He argues that we ought to "stop talking about homology" because there are other terms which better capture our current understanding of how phenotypic characters pass from generation to generation. Full discussion: From Exploring Evolution : Faced with the difficulties in explaining anatomical homology, some evolutionary biologists have given up on the notion. They argue that "the only way out of this dilemma is to stop talking about homology." One such biologist, David Wake of the University of California—Berkeley, argues that "homology is not evidence of evolution, nor is it necessary to understand homology in order to accept or understand evolution." EE , p. 49 In the abstract to the paper quoted by Explore Evolution
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