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Invited Reviews

Vol. 2 No. 1 (2012)

Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage

DOI
https://doi.org/10.4081/hor.2012.6
Submitted
November 1, 2011
Published
2012-02-02

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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