This chapter is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Jay Gould, whose Ontogeny and Phytogeny was an important factor in the conception of evo-devo 30 years ago. He thought long and hard about the relationship between evolution and development, and throughout his career he was deeply concerned with the relative roles of idiographics and nomothetics in evolutionary biology. Special thanks to Alessandro Minelli and Giuseppe Fusco for inviting this contribution and for being such understanding editors. I thank Wallace Arthur for reviewing the manuscript. The BBSRC is gratefully acknowledged for financial support.
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