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Re: Definition of Species
In a message dated 2/6/05 10:52:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Which is why it worries me that the largest encyclopedia today has this
codified in its pages, instead of clarifying that scientists consider there to
be many different species concepts, none of which are held to be THE
A friend recently told me that his understanding of the definition of "genus"
was that species within it could interbreed but not produce fertile
offspring. This seems to be a related misconception - does this ring any bells
there? My understanding is that a definition of "genus" would be even more
arbitrary than settling on Britannica's definition of "species."
As an interesting aside, websurfing led me to this page...
... I've seen ligers in a circus; this page documents the interbreeding of
three species within the genus "Panthera" of which I was unaware (very
contrived, of course).