Julia D. Sigwart
August 21, 2018
by CRC Press
Reference - 280 Pages - 19 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498799379 - CAT# K30581
Series: Species and Systematics
Everyone uses species names and yet there are communication gaps between those who who name species (systematists) and those who use species names (everyone). Species are real, and have macroevolutionary meaning. And it follows that systematists have a broadly macroevolution-oriented approach to describing diversity. But taxon names are used by all areas of science, including many fields such as ecology that come from a strictly microevolution-centric approach. This book is intended to explore why different groups of scientists understand and use taxa in very different ways, and the consequences for measuring and understanding biodiversity.
1. Premise. 2. General concepts. 3. Everyone uses species. 4. Why do the names keep changing? 5. Species are units of evolution. 6. Natural patterns in classification. 7. Are species real? 8. How to name a species. 9. Biodiversity and extinction through time. 10. How many species are there? 11. Dynamic patterns in biodiversity. 12. Translating biodiversity across cultural barriers