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Panbiogeography: A Progressive Research Program?
Robin C. Craw and Peter Weston
Vol. 33, No. 1 (Mar., 1984), pp. 1-13
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2413128
Page Count: 13
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The methodology of scientific research programs developed by 1. Lakatos is discussed and applied to the current debate concerning method and theory in historical biogeography. Of the three recognized approaches-centers-of-origin/dispersalist, vicariance biogeography, and Croizat's panbiogeography-only the latter two are progressive scientific research programs sensu Lakatos. Croizat's panbiogeography is considered to be a progressive research program because it has predicted numerous novel facts about geology. Croizat's novel predictions concerning the geology of the circum-Pacific continents and island groups are reviewed and discussed in relation to the latest geological findings which corroborate his work.
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