Chapter

Concluding Remarks

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226500829.003.0009
Concluding Remarks

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts based on the preceding discussions. It argues that species richness is a core concept because (i) it is (relatively) theoretically precise; (ii) it is (relatively) easy to measure; and (iii) it is (relatively) uncontroversial that the species richness, and species identity, of biological systems are important to the dynamics of those systems. The chapter then discusses the importance of the conservation of species.

Keywords: biodiversity; species richness; conservation; species identity; biological systems

Chapter.  2829 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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