Are species real?

Nathan Herrick bugs333 at JUNO.COM
Tue Apr 11 05:28:09 CDT 2006

The real question is "are population genetics definitive of species" until now yes i suggest the future will tell


-- Richard Pyle <deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG> wrote:
Don Colless' warning notwithstanding (been down the "definition of 'real'"
path before; don't plan to go down it again).... 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?


> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Curtis Clark
> Sent: Monday, April 10, 2006 6:18 PM
> Subject: Re: Are species real?
> 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?
> --
> Curtis Clark        
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