Delimitating species in paleoanthropology

Evol Anthropol. 2014 Jan-Feb;23(1):30-2. doi: 10.1002/evan.21391.


Evolutionary biologists created a large twentieth-century literature about delimiting biological species. Paleontologists contributed the unique complications of deep time. Toward century's end, one participant wrote: "In all probability more paper has been consumed on the questions of the nature and definition of the species than any other subject in evolutionary and systematic biology."

Keywords: Middle Awash; evolution; hominid; paleobiology; systematics.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Classification*
  • Fossils
  • Paleontology*