[Taxacom] Semantic Web: What is a species?
J. Kirk Fitzhugh
kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Fri Jan 30 11:50:45 CST 2009
Interesting. I would apply the term meaningless to the claim that
species are special, that they can be discerned as anything beyond
hypotheses of past causal events involving organisms. Attaching the term
real to species might be relevant, but it's misguided.
Curtis Clark wrote:
> On 2009-01-29 19:54, Kenneth Kinman wrote:
>> And I am tempted to also ask, is a monophyletic
>> (holophyletic) species any "more real" than the paraphyletic mother
>> species that might have given rise to it?
> These are meaningless terms, as meaningless as saying that an oxygen
> atom is holophyletic, or determining the valence of a population, or the
> charge and spin of an ecosystem.
J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Curator of Polychaetes
Invertebrate Zoology Section
Research & Collections Branch
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90007
e-mail: kfitzhug at nhm.org
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