All posts tagged with species concepts

Genomes of straight-tusked elephants

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Earlier this month in eLife, Matthias Meyer and colleagues published a cool paper: “Palaeogenomes of Eurasian straight-tusked elephants challenge the current...

The new skull from Dmanisi

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It smells like ashes. Holding it and examining it is really not like the other fossil crania I’ve studied. The other Dmanisi crania strike me as being very l...

Mailbag: The Neandertal species question

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Hello Dr. Hawks, I understand your a busy man so my question will be brief. I learned in my biology class that two different species can not interbreed and p...

Taxonomy through art

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Within paleoanthropology, we often witness taxonomic clashes. Species that were named on the basis of a single fossil are later discarded. Now with genomics,...

Species concept overview

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John Wilkins is an expert on species concepts in biology; he has written a short piece for wide circulation on the topic which is archived at his blog: “How ...

Woronso-Mille: A ladder not a bush

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In a new paper, Yohannes Haile-Selassie and colleagues describe new hominin fossils from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. A good thing: It gives somebody like me a r...

"The sea of synonymy"

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R. D. Guthrie, from p. 3 of "Bison evolution and zoogeography in North America during the Pleistocene," Q Rev Biol 45:1-15, 1970:

Species concepts

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A new population that results from a speciation event is called a species. But although species result from a simple process, recognizing species in nature ...