Are species real?

Richard Pyle deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Mon Apr 10 19:17:19 CDT 2006


Don Colless' warning notwithstanding (been down the "definition of 'real'"
path before; don't plan to go down it again)....

...in answer to Curtis' question: don't many biologists define evolution as
a change in gene frequencies over time; everything else being ultimatley
just a matter of scale?

Aloha,
Rich

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> On 2006-04-10 11:31, Richard Pyle wrote:
> > I don't buy the argument that the
> > existence of quantifiable character clusters means that species are
> > "real" -- for either plants or animals.
>
> If species aren't real, then how can phylogenies be real? And if
> phylogenies aren't real, isn't evolution just population genetics?
>
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