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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

(p.172) 9 Concluding Remarks
What Is Biodiversity?
Maclaurin JamesSterelny Kim
University of Chicago Press

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

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