Genes, Categories, and Species: The Evolutionary and Cognitive Cause of the Species Problem

Genes, Categories, and Species: The Evolutionary and Cognitive Cause of the Species Problem

by Jody Hey
     
 

This book is a thorough re-examination of the "species problem", the continuing disagreement among biologists about how best to identify species and what constitutes useful and genuine biological divisions of groups and organisms. This book contributes to our understanding of the scientific issues related to the species concept through an exploration of the reality of… See more details below

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This book is a thorough re-examination of the "species problem", the continuing disagreement among biologists about how best to identify species and what constitutes useful and genuine biological divisions of groups and organisms. This book contributes to our understanding of the scientific issues related to the species concept through an exploration of the reality of biological diversity and of the mental processes behind the ways we recognize species, and how we establish typological categories generally. The text develops a theory of evolutionary groups (groups of DNAs that compete and share in genetic drift and adaptation), and revisits the major issues of modern phylogeny, systematics, and evolutionary biology through this framework.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195144772
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

1. The Species Problem
2. The Mode of Life
3. The Theory of Life
End of Part 1
4. Categories in the World and in the Mind
5. Typological Thinking About Species
6. Biological Diversity
7. Recombination and Biological Species
8. The Cause of the Species Problem
9. The Origin of Natural Kinds
End of Part 2
10. Phylogeny
11. Systematics
12. Evolutionary Biology
13. What are Species? And What are Taxa?
14. What is to be Done?

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