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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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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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What Is Biodiversity?

Maclaurin James

Sterelny 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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