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Do species exist? : principles of taxonomic classification

Author: Werner Kunz
Publisher: Weinheim, Germany : Wiley-Blackwell ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The species problem (the two questions, do species exist and, if yes, according to what criteria do two individuals belong to the same species) is one of the oldest questions in biology. Darwin's 'Origin of the Species' was - and still is - one of the most comprehensive answers to this problem. However, even Darwin's work cannot satisfactorily explain many of the speciation questions. Over the years, many concurrent  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Werner Kunz
ISBN: 9783527332076 3527332073
OCLC Number: 795182502
Description: xxxiii, 245 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Are species constructs of the human mind? --
Why is there a species problem? --
Is the biological species a class or is it an individual? --
What are traits in taxonomy? --
Diversity within the species : polymorphisms and the polytypic species --
Biological species as gene-flow community --
The cohesion of organisms through genealogical lineage (cladistics) --
Outlook.
Responsibility: Werner Kunz.
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Written for a wide audience of biologists and philosophers, this text gives an excellent overview of the species problem without delving into the many feuds between the different schools of taxonomy.  Read more...

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The question whether species really exist and if so, what the nature of their existence is, remains a central problem in the philosophy of biology, even after many decades of thinking and debating. Read more...

 
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