Hierarchy Group’s publications 


A. Tramacere, T. Pievani, PF. Ferrari. 2016. Mirror neurons in the tree of life: mosaic evolution, plasticity and exaptation of sensorimotor matching responses. Biological Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12310

A. Parravicini, T. Pievani. 2016. Continuity and discontinuity in human language evolution: putting an old-fashioned debate in its historical perspective. Topoi. An International Review of Philosophy (Springer). Special Issue: Origin and evolution of language (Ferretti et al). DOI: 10.1007/s11245-016-9431-y

F. Suman. 2016. An updated evolutionary research programme for the evolution of language. Topoi. An International Review of Philosophy (Springer). Special Issue: Origin and evolution of language (Ferretti et al). DOI: 10.1007/s11245-016-9419-7

I. Tattersall. 2016. A tentative framework for the acquisition of language and modern human cognition. Journal of Anthropological Sciences.  doi 10.4436/JASS.94030

A. Parravicini, T. Pievani. 2016. Multi-level human evolution: ecological patterns in hominin phylogeny (Journal of Anthropological SciencesJASs, special issue Erice). doi 10.4436/JASS.94026

T. Pievani. 2016. How to rethink evolutionary theory. A plurality of evolutionary patterns. Evolutionary Biology special issue about Evolutionary Patterns. Published online

Tëmkin, I. and Eldredge, N. 2015. Networks and hierarchies: Approaching complexity in evolutionary theory. In E. Serrelli & N. Gontier (eds.), Macroevolution: Explanation, interpretation, evidence. Springer, pp.183-286 (See also Annotated Bibliography).

F. Suman, T. Pievani. 2015. The Evolution of Human Language: An Alternative Scenario. Paradigmi, 2: 173-196. DOI: 10.3280/PARA2015-002011



N. Eldredge, T. Pievani, E. Serrelli, I. Temkin. Evolutionary Theory. A Hierarchical Perspective. University of Chicago Press 2016

E. Canadelli. 2016. The Diffusion of a Museum Exhibit: The Case of the Transparent Man. In “Understanding Cultural Traits. A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity” Editors: F. Panebianco, E. Serrelli. Pages 61-80

N. Eldredge, Ethernal Ephemera. Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century throughPunctuated Equilibria and Beyond, Columbia University Press, New York 2015 (Published). For a review of this book see J. Endersby, The evolution of evolution, in Science, 348 (17 April 2015): 295

N. Gontier, E. Serrelli (eds), Macroevolution. Explanation, Interpretation and Evidence, Springer 2015

N. Gonthier (ed.), Evolutionary Biology, special issue about Evolutionary Patterns (forthcoming)


Other significant publications by the Hierarchy Group’s members  (over the last 5 years)

Abe, F. R, and B. S. Lieberman. 2012. Quantifying morphological change during an evolutionary radiation of Devonian trilobites. Paleobiology 38 (2): 292-307.

Abe, F. R., and B. S. Lieberman 2009. The Nature of evolutionary radiations: A case study involving Devonian trilobites. Evolutionary Biology 36: 225-234.

Brooks, D.R. 2011. The Extended Synthesis: Something Old, Something New. Evolution: Education and Outreach 4 (1): 3-7.

Brooks, D.R. 2011. The Extended Synthesis: The Law of the Conditions of Existence. Evolution: Education and Outreach 4 (2): 254-261.

Brooks, D.R. 2011. The Mastodon in the room: how Darwinian is neo-Darwinism? Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 42 (1): 82-88.

Brooks, D.R. and S.J. Agosta. 2012. Children of time: The extended synthesis and major metaphors of evolution. Zoologia 29 (6): 497-514.

Dominici, S. and Eldredge, N. 2010. Brocchi, Darwin, and Transmutation: Phylogenetics and Paleontology at the Dawn of Evolutionary Biology. Evolution: Education and Outreach 3: 576-584.

Girotto, V., T. Pievani, G. Vallortigara 2014. Supernatural beliefs: Adaptations for social life or by-products of cognitive adaptations? Behaviour 151: 385-402.

Lieberman, B. S. 2012. Adaptive radiations in the context of macroevolutionary theory: a paleontological perspective. Evolutionary Biology 39:181-191.

Lieberman, B. S., and P. Cartwright 2011. Macroevolutionary patterns and processes during the Cambrian radiation: Integrating evidence from fossils and molecules. Açoreana 7:15-38.

Lieberman, B. S., and N. Eldredge. 2014. What is punctuated equilibrium? What is macroevolution? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29:185-186 (see also Annotated Bibliography).

Lieberman, B.S., A. L. Melott 2013. Declining volatility, a general property of disparate systems: from fossils, to stocks, to the stars. Palaeontology 56:1297-1304.

Lieberman, B. S., and A. L. Melott 2012. Whilst this planet goes cycling on: What role for periodic astronomical phenomena in large scale patterns in the history of life? In J. Talent (Ed.), Earth and Life: Global Biodiversity, Extinction Intervals, and Biogeographic Perturbations Through Time, International Year of Planet Earth. Springer, Berlin, 37-50.

Myers, C., and B. S. Lieberman 2011. Sharks that pass in the night: Using GIS to investigate competition in the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 278: 681-689.

Myers, C. E., R. A. MacKenzie III, and B. S. Lieberman 2013. A GIS approach to studying greenhouse biogeography: invasion and extinction in the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway. Paleobiology 39 (1): 135-148.

Okasha S. 2011. Biological ontology and hierarchical organization: a defence of rank freedom. In B.Calcott and K.Sterelny (Eds), The Major Transitions in evolution revisited. MIT Press, Cambridge-London, 53-64.

Pievani, T. 2014. Individuals and groups in evolution: Darwinian pluralism and the multilevel selection debate. Journal of Biosciences 39 (2): 319-325.

Pievani, T. 2014. The sixth mass extinction: Anthropocene and the human impact on biodiversity. Rendiconti Lincei 25 (1): 85-93.

Pievani, T. 2013. Intelligent design and the appeal of teleology. Structure and diagnosis of a pseudoscientific doctrine. Paradigmi 1: 151-164.

Pievani, T. 2011. An evolving Research Programme: the structure of evolutionary theory from a Lakatosian perspective. In A. Fasolo (Ed.), The Theory of Evolution and Its Impact. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 211-228.

Pievani, T. 2011. Born to cooperate? Altruism as exaptation, and the evolution of human sociality. In R.W. Sussman and C.R. Cloninger (Eds.), Origins of Altruism and Cooperation. Springer, New York, 41-61.

Pievani, T. and E. Serrelli 2013. Bucket thinking: the future framework for evolutionary explanation. Contrastes – Revista internacional de filosofia. Suplementos 18: 389-405.

Pievani, T. and E. Serrelli. 2012. From molecules to ecology and back: the Hierarchy Theory view of speciation. In I Congreso de la Asociatiόn Iberoamericana de Filosofía de la Biología. Publicacions de la Universitat de València, València, 296-302.

Pievani, T. and E. Serrelli. 2011. Exaptation in human evolution: how to test adaptive vs exaptive evolutionary hypotheses. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 89: 1-15.

Saupe, E. E., J. R. Hendricks, A. T. Peterson, and B. S. Lieberman 2014. Climate change and marine molluscs of the western North Atlantic: future prospects and perils. Journal of Biogeography 41:1352-1366.

Saupe, E. E., J. R. Hendricks, R. W. Portell, H. J. Dowsett, A. Haywood, S. J. Hunter, and B. S. Lieberman. 2014. Macroevolutionary consequences of climate change on niche evolution in marine mollusks over the past 3 million years. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. In press.

Sepkoski, D. 2012. Rereading the fossil record. The growth of Paleobiology as an evolutionary discipline. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago-London.