From: Kate Distin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 12 May 2005 - 07:14:06 GMT
Many thanks for this - and to John and Kevin for your suggestions too.
I can see that this may take a while!
> You are treading where at least some fear to go. In many cases your
> preferred definition will depend very much on the circumstances where
> you need to apply it. It has been a while since I was a practising
> evolutionary biologist studying speciation, so I haven't yet seen the
> Wheeler & Meier book. However a Google search on it did pull in the
> following free-to-the-web paper that discusses many of the issues:
> Lee, M.S.Y. 2003. Species concepts and species reality: salvaging a
> Linnaean rank. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16(2):179 -
> I would also certainly recommend Ernst Mayr's books on evolution and
> systematics as a good place to start.
> David Hull's works look at species from a philosophical point of view.
> 1976, Are Species Really Individuals? Systematic Zoology 25:174-191
> 1977, The Ontological Status of Species as Evolutionary Units, in
> Foundational Problems in the Special Sciences, R. Butts and J.
> Hintikka (eds.), Dordrecht-Holland: D. Reidel Publishing Company, pp.
> 91-102; reprinted in Philosophy and Biology, M. Ruse (ed.), New
> York: Macmillan, 1989; and Hull (1989
> 1987, Genealogical Actors in Ecological Plays, Biology & Philosophy
> 2:168-203; reprinted in Hull (1989).
> 1988, Interactors versus Vehicles, in The Role of Behavior in
> Evolution, H. Plotkin (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 19-50;
> reprinted in Hull (2001).
> 1992, Biological Species: An Inductivistís Nightmare, in How
> Classification Works, Mary Douglas and David Hull (eds.), Edinburgh:
> University of Edinburgh Press, pp. 42-68.
> 1997, The Ideal Species Definition and Why We Canít Get It, in
> Species: The Units of Biodiversity, M.F. Claridge, H.A. Dawah, and
> M.R. Wilson (eds.), London: Chapman Hall, pp. 357-380.
> 1999, On the Plurality of Species: Questioning the Party Line, In
> Species New Interdisciplinary Essays, Rob Wilson (ed.), Cambridge,
> MA: MIT Press pp. 23-48.
> Finally, I would recommend M.J.D. White's 1978 Modes of Speciation
> for a different point of view from Mayr's.
> Bill Hall
> Evolutionary Biology of Species and Organizations
> Quoting Kate Distin <email@example.com>:
>>An appeal for advice, please: I'm wanting to learn more about
>>concepts and don't know where to start. I've found reference to a
>>called "species concepts and phylogenetic theory: a debate" edited
>>Wheeler & Meier. Would that be a good place to start or could
>>suggest something better, either online or in a book?
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