Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage

  • Camilo J. Cela-Conde Laboratory of Human Systematics, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma
  • Marcos Nadal Laboratory of Human Systematics, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma

Abstract

Different species concepts, which broadened the scope of Mayr’s Biological Species Concept, have been put forward aiming to produce sound taxonomies of fossil taxa. Here, we propose using a simple one, the Evolutionary Species Concept, on the grounds of considering that separation of populations – disregarding other issues – is enough to describe the evolution of the human lineage. The question of the acceptable number of Middle Pleistocene hominin species is used as an example.

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Published
2012-02-02
How to Cite
CELA-CONDE, Camilo J.; NADAL, Marcos. Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage. Human Origins Research, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. e1, feb. 2012. ISSN 2039-1668. Available at: <http://humanoriginsresearch.net/index.php/hor/article/view/hor.2012.e1>. Date accessed: 25 july 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.4081/hor.2012.6.
Section
Invited Reviews

Keywords

biological species concept, evolutionary species concept, cladistics, Homo erectus, hominin dispersions.
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