By Werner Kunz

The species challenge (the questions, do species exist and, if certain, in line with what standards do members belong to a similar species) is without doubt one of the oldest questions in biology. Darwin's `Origin of the Species' was once - and nonetheless is - essentially the most finished solutions to this challenge. in spite of the fact that, even Darwin's paintings can't satisfactorily clarify the various speciation questions. through the years, many concurrent taxonomic structures have advanced every one of them rather compatible for the speciation of convinced teams of organisms yet them all fail to supply a common solution to all questions in terms of speciation. 

Do Species Exist? is a comfortably understandable consultant for a broad viewers of biologists, box taxonomists and philosophers, giving a great evaluation of the species challenge with out delving into the various feuds among the various colleges of taxonomy.

Written through a geneticist with huge adventure in box taxonomy, this functional ebook offers the sound medical heritage to the issues bobbing up with classifying organisms in line with species. It covers the most present theories of specification and provides a few examples that can't be defined by means of any unmarried concept alone.Content:
Chapter 1 Are Species Constructs of the Human brain? (pages 5–7):
Chapter 2 Why is there a Species challenge? (pages 9–44):
Chapter three Is the organic Species a category or is it somebody? (pages 45–65):
Chapter four What are characteristics in Taxonomy? (pages 67–92):
Chapter five range in the Species: Polymorphisms and the Polytypic Species (pages 93–126):
Chapter 6 organic Species as a Gene?Flow neighborhood (pages 127–185):
Chapter 7 The unity of Organisms via Genealogical Lineage (Cladistics) (pages 187–216):
Chapter eight Outlook (pages 217–218):

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As early as half a millennium ago, Copernicus taught us that the sun does not rise, but we nevertheless perceive that it does, and we follow this perception even in our everyday language. Over 150 years ago, Darwin put forth the conviction that the biological species is a human construct, a position that is now presented again by many biologists and biophilosophers (Heywood, 1998), but we still believe unshakably that there are fixed species in nature that exist as natural entities. ”). The species problem is less a matter of complication than a matter of acceptance.

Can the theory of “morpho-species” be falsifiable in the sense of the philosopher Karl Popper? If not, is working with a “morpho-species” scientific? Who can answer point-blank why the wolf and the fox are different species while the mastiff and the dachshund are not? The renowned rotifer expert Walter Koste (Germany) asked me several years ago by what right does he, cumbersomely and with technical effort, describe new rotifer species that are distinguished by only a tiny, hardly visible bristle, while he can distinguish some of his fellow humans comfortably by their hair color or their respective blood group.

How should the conflict between anagenetic classification (classification of species according to trait changes along the temporal axis) and cladogenetic classification (classification of species according only to bifurcation) be dealt with? 3). However, this is not the only type of change that occurs. Groups of organisms (species) also do something different from the modification of traits in the course of evolution: the phylogenetic lineage splits off into separate daughter branches. ” Qualitative and numerical changes are markedly different evolutionary processes and cannot be measured by the same yardstick.

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