[Taxacom] barcode of life

Oconnor, Barry bmoc at umich.edu
Thu Jul 1 10:14:37 CDT 2010


Thus, the debate among the philosophers. - Barry

-So many mites, so little time!

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On 7/1/10 10:59 AM, "Paul Kirk" <p.kirk at cabi.org> wrote:

organisms are real, museum/herbarium specimens are real, DNA is real ...
species are in the same category as genera ... they are just closer to
the real organism in the hierarchy.

Paul


Hi Steve,
The possible reason is that species are real, and that all categories
from genera on up the hierarchy represent human imagination.
Robin




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