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Defining species

Postby Draco » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:42 pm

How is an individual species be defined?

This was a question that was given to the class as part of the work we are doing and there are very few sites that I found that can answer the question.
If you can give me some websites that could answer the question that would be helpful.
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Postby Darby » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:54 pm

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Postby MrMistery » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:30 pm

wikipedia is my favorite site
see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species
and here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species_problem
As you can see, no simple answer to your question
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Postby kotoreru » Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:30 pm

Mmm, yup no simple answer. Some of the best minds have worked on this, my 'favourite' being Ernst Mayr - the noted evolutionary biologist.

What gets me is whether the thing making this answer so difficult to construct comes from the nature of the question or the limitations of language.

How dreadfully vague!
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Postby Darby » Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:42 am

Wikipedia is an unreliable technical source - it may be useful in supplying reliable original sources, but the nature of the wiki makes the entries anonymous and unstable.
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:42 am

well, i wouldn't cite it as a source for my thesis paper. however when i need to find the answer to a question i almost always find what i need there. and generally, if i can't find it on wikipedia, i won't find it anywhere else on the internet.
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Postby mith » Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:42 am

Someone built a wiki scanner. It's not just armchair trolls who are malicious. Wikipedia is edited by the government, the CIA, corporation etc.
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:00 am

lol
yeah probably.
however, i don't think the CIA would try to hide the biochemstry truths from anyone
about this
i was surprised to see that in my country college professors use wikipedia in their scientific research. i think that's going a little too far..
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Postby Draco » Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:00 am

Another thing that I require is, How are species classified into the following Taxonomy groups:
Genus
Family
Order
Class
Phylum
Kingdom

Again any sites would be helpful.
Thaks for the information.
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:18 am

search wikipedia.org for any binomial name and on the right you will get it's complete taxonomy from kingdom down to species.
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Postby Draco » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:01 pm

I would as wikipedia is a useful site but my teacher gets annoyed when people use only one site for a peice of work or one site more than the others.

Thanks for the information though.
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Postby February Beetle » Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:38 am

Find it on wiki then look at their sources, follow the sources until you find a reliable one.
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