Taxonomy Red in Tooth and Claw

Maclaurin James and Sterelny Kim

in What Is Biodiversity?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780226500805
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226500829 | DOI:
Taxonomy Red in Tooth and Claw

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This chapter begins by discussing the concept of biodiversity, which comes to us from conservation biology. It suggests that biodiversity might not be a single natural property or quantity: that biological systems are biodiverse in more ways than one. The chapter then discusses the general problem of classification systems in biology, taking as an example the Linnaean classification system—the system that begins by classifying species into genera, that is, into sets of closely related and similar species. This is followed by a consideration of diversity as cause and as effect.

Keywords: biodiversity; conservation biology; Linnaean classification system

Chapter.  10255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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