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Speciation without Species: A Final Word

Doolittle, W. Ford (2018) Speciation without Species: A Final Word. Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, 11 (014). ISSN 2475-3025

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Abstract

Here I present the several models currently popular for understanding speciation in prokaryotes, in particular bacteria. I will argue that “speciation”, as a process or collection of independent but interacting processes sometimes serving to form genotypic and/or phenotypic clusters, can be studied effectively without any definition of “species” or any requirement that all prokaryotic lineages match such a definition. This has always been so, but formal acknowledgement would have a freeing effect.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Doolittle, W. Fordford@dal.ca
Additional Information: ISSN: 1949-0739 (print)
Keywords: Bacterial Species; Biological Species Concept ; Ecotype; Gene Transfer; Speciation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Jordan Miller
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 15:45
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 14:23
Item ID: 17661
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology
Official URL: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/p/ptpbio/16039257.0011....
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.3998/ptpbio.16039257.0011.014
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 8 June 2018
Volume: 11
Number: 014
ISSN: 2475-3025
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17661

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