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What Is Biodiversity?

James Maclaurin and Kim Sterelny


In the life sciences, there is wide-ranging debate about biodiversity. While nearly everyone is in favor of biodiversity and its conservation, methods for its assessment vary enormously. So what exactly is biodiversity? Most theoretical work on the subject assumes that it has something to do with species richness—with the number of species in a particular region—but in reality, it is much more than that. Arguing that we cannot make rational decisions about what it is to be protected without knowing what biodiversity is, this book offers a theoretical and conceptual exploration of the biologica ... More

Keywords: life sciences, biodiversity, species richness, biological world, diversity, ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary theory, developmental biology, morphology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226500805
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226500829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Maclaurin, author

Kim Sterelny, author