Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage

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Camilo J. Cela-Conde Marcos Nadal


Different species concepts, which broadened the scope of Mayr’s Biological Species Concept, have been put forward aiming to produce sound taxonomies of fossil taxa. Here, we propose using a simple one, the Evolutionary Species Concept, on the grounds of considering that separation of populations – disregarding other issues – is enough to describe the evolution of the human lineage. The question of the acceptable number of Middle Pleistocene hominin species is used as an example.


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CELA-CONDE, Camilo J.; NADAL, Marcos. Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage. Human Origins Research, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. e1, feb. 2012. ISSN 2039-1668. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2017. doi:
biological species concept, evolutionary species concept, cladistics, Homo erectus, hominin dispersions.
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