[Taxacom] New book on species

Kipling (Kip) Will kipwill at berkeley.edu
Mon Sep 7 20:35:38 CDT 2009

For those of you interested in “species” I would like to draw your 
attention to a new book by John S. Wilkins,

“Species, A history of the Idea”

I found it provided a very clear debunking of the new synthesis notion 
that taxonomists were ever operationally essentialists and it provides 
us a much improved starting point for our current discussion of 
biological species and their reality, discussions of the type that we 
see on this list so frequently.


p.s. Full disclosure… Obviously it is a UC press publication and I am on 
the editorial board for this series.  But I really do think it is worth 

Kipling W. Will
Associate Professor/Insect Systematist
Associate Director,Essig Museum of Entomology

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