Real Species

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Apr 21 21:36:20 CDT 2004

At 15:35 2004-04-20, Richard Pyle wrote:
>To be fair, I believe the implied meaning of "real" in this context is that
>they (taxonomic entities like "species") exist and are identifiable outside
>the scope "artificial" (=created by humans) definitions of taxonomic units.
>I.e., they are "discovered" in nature; rather than defined.

That's the sense in which I use the word "natural" (since "real" has so
much baggage :-).

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