Too many cooks ...............
kevin_j_tilbrook at YAHOO.CO.UK
Sun Apr 18 22:50:20 CDT 2004
Someone said (I forget whom) that subspecies were in-between states in the path of evolution, from some entity towards another or something similar.
If this is the case then each subspecies would be expected to have a different path, it has had a different process of origination, and is genetically different (one would expect). If this is taken as read, then shouldnt every individual be thought of as a subspecies?
Are we not all hopeful monsters?
So where does that leave the taxonomic mainstay, the process of typification of a species should we all be shot and mounted in a museum collection? (I know there are several individuals I would like to see get stuffed mainly politicians!) Of course clones would get off lightly!
Cant we just stick with the old adage, a species is a species if an expert says it is!?
I know that this has its own intrinsic problems (Who called the cook a b*****d?, Who called the b*****d a cook?), but I like.
Dr. Kevin J. Tilbrook,
Earth and Oceanic Sciences Research Institute,
Auckland University of Technology,
24 St. Paul Street, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1020, New Zealand.
Tel: +64-9-307-9999 ext. 8148
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