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What, if anything, is a species?

May 25, 2017

While your neighborhood coyote is most likely to view your pet dog either as potential dinner or possible competition, there are some circumstances where the result is a hookup and subsequent pups. The world does not come with species markers, just individuals. Typing is an invention of the human mind. That biological world being varied and complex, it is hardly surprising that there is no neat definition of species, even now that DNA tools make it ever easier to judge that what formerly looked like one species are multiple species that diverged long, long past.

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