All posts tagged with species

Quote: Colin Groves on primate species

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In 2001, the Australian zoologist Colin Groves published an essay in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology giving his perspective on classification in primat...

Quote: Darwin on human variation

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There is much that could be said about Charles Darwin’s discussion of human races in Descent of Man. In Chapter 7 he embarked on a long discussion of whether...

Quote: ‘The modern view of species’

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The University of Michigan has done a release for a new paper studying speciation between black and mantled howler monkeys, by Marcella Baiz and coworkers: “...

Hominin species and time in peer review

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In 2015, two new hominin species were published: Australopithecus deyiremeda and Homo naledi. One of the criticisms I’ve seen of both discoveries is the idea...

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...

Meet Australopithecus robustus

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The region just north of Johannesburg, South Africa, is a formation of ancient limestone in which groundwater has formed numerous caves and sinkholes. Some o...


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Darren Naish has written a nice discussion of the taxonomic difficulties of Iguanodon. It’s a guest post at the Scientific American blog. Dinosaurs and homin...

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 ...

The failures of dinosaur splitters

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A-HA! We all lecture in our classes about the perils of naming too many species, but now the facts have been statistically proven! Well, at least for dinosau...

Weidenreich on species

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Franz Weidenreich, in his 1945 article, “The Puzzle of Pithecanthropus”:

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 ...