Speciation

Mike the Mad Biologist

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Coyotes, Species Definitions, and Speciation

One of the reasons I’ve learned to stay away from debates about “what is a species” is that practical species definitions (i.e., something we can use to classify critters) do a lousy job of describing the process of speciation, while conceptually sound species definitions (ones that describe the speciation process) are usually miserable when you…

(from here) One of the models for the evolution of new species is allopatric speciation, where a small isolated population diverges from a larger ancestral population. Many of these peripheral populations become extinct, but some persist and give rise to new species if they can remain reproductively isolated (unable to breed with each other). Lots…