Species as historical individuals

Biology and Philosophy 5 (4):417-431 (1990)

Abstract
The species category is defined as thesmallest historical individual within which there is a parental pattern of ancestry and descent. The use of historical individual in this definition is consistent with the prevailing notion that speciesper se are not involved in processes — they are effects, not effectors. Reproductive isolation distinguishes biparental historical species from their parts, and it provides a basis for understanding the nature of the evidence used to discover historical individuals.
Keywords Phylogenetic systematics  reproductive isolation  species
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DOI 10.1007/BF02207380
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