Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage

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Camilo J. Cela-Conde
Marcos Nadal *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Marcos Nadal | marcos.nadal@uib.es

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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