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What Is Biodiversity?$
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James Maclaurin and Kim Sterelny

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226500805

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500829.001.0001

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Taxonomy Red in Tooth and Claw

Taxonomy Red in Tooth and Claw

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What Is Biodiversity?

Maclaurin James

Sterelny Kim

University of Chicago Press

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

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