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Species are not theoretical objects, or, On what there is in biology

Wilkins, John S. (2009) Species are not theoretical objects, or, On what there is in biology. [Preprint]

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It is often claimed that species are the units of evolution, but this is not defined or clearly explained. In this paper I will argue that species are phenomenal objects that stand in need of explanation, but that they are not objects required by any theory of biology. I further define, or rather describe, species as the genealogical cluster of various lineages at the genetic, haplotype, genomic, organismic, and population level, in keeping with my previous discussions.

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Item Type: Preprint
Wilkins, John S.
Additional Information: Under review
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: John S Wilkins
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4835

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