An untimely nexus of German biomechanics, evolution and ornithology: Dominik von Kripp and evolutionary functional morphology

David B. Weishampel, Wolf Ernst Reif

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Abstract

Failure of research programmes can say something about the historical times in which they appeared. With this in mind, we review the life and career of Dominik von Kripp, an ornithologist and evolutionary biomechanist working principally in the early 1930s. von Kripp's publications and an unpublished manuscript suggest an innovative research programme that combined biomechanical analysis with taxonomy and evolutionary biology in birds, hadrosaurs, ichthyosaurs and pterosaurs. Despite its publication in well-respected journals, this work was summarily ignored and then eclipsed by the evolutionary synthesis and the German response to it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-281
Number of pages21
JournalHistorical Biology
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • Dominik von Kripp
  • biomechanics
  • functional morphology
  • history
  • research programme

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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