The Species-Concept in Palaeontology

  title={The Species-Concept in Palaeontology},
  author={A. E. Teueman},
  journal={Geological Magazine},
  pages={355 - 360}
  • A. E. Teueman
  • Published 1 August 1924
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Geological Magazine
During recent years the nature of species has been frequently discussed by biologists, or, at least, by students of recent animals and plants, but much less attention has been paid to the subject by palaeontologists. Nevertheless, in palaeontology, as in neontology, as animals and plants are subjected to a more intensive study it is becoming increasingly difficult to make the concept of species fit the facts of nature. 
Notes on the Species and Subspecies in Palaeontology
Abstract The view is put forward that, as any subdivisions of an evolving plexus must be arbitrary, the existing binomial system of nomenclature should continue to be applied to morphological species
The Subspecies in Palaeontology
It is concluded that the variety and the subspecies are different entities both of which have value in palaeontology.
Species Concepts and Species Recognition in Eocene Primates
Theoreticians, historians, and philosophers of science have joined paleontologists and neontologists in contributing to the debate, and theoretical arguments often conflict with more operational approaches offered by paleontologist working with real specimens.
The Importance of Species Taxa in Paleoanthropology and an Argument for the Phylogenetic Concept of the Species Category
Paleoanthropology attempts to describe the diversity of extinct primate forms, to interpret this diversity in a phylogenetic framework based on the distribution of shared evolutionary novelties, and
Species, speciation and palaeontology up to the Modern Synthesis: persistent themes and unanswered questions
A critical survey of the history of thinking about the nature and origin of species indicates that answers to at least two of these three questions have been remarkably persistent in both palaeontological and neontological views over the past 250 years, and the range of answers to them has changed remarkably little.
VI.—The Meaning of Orthogenesis
  • A. E. Trueman
  • Environmental Science
    Transactions of the Glasgow Geological Society
  • 1940
Introduction. In the last twenty years much attention has been given by palaeontologists to problems of evolution. Previously they had been chiefly concerned with the accumulation of material and
Reinterpretation of the Extinct Beaver Trogontherium (Mammalia, Rodentia)
  • D. Mayhew
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • 1978
It is concluded that the habits of this animal resembled those of the living coypu and that the idea that it grazed with enlarged upper lips on floating vegetation arose from an anatomical misinterpretation.
  • N. Eldredge
  • Geology
    Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
  • 1971
Since paleontologists have been successful in recognizing true "biospecies" on criteria which are as valid and complete as those used to differentiate the majority of recent species, a reappraisal of paleontological models of speciation is called for.
Ophthalmidium: A study of Nomenclature, Variation, and Evolution in the Foraminifera
Summary Some variable foraminifera from the base of the Upper Lias at Byfield, Northamptonshire, have been used as evidence supporting completely opposed "evolutionary series" based on the "law" of
The Early Development of Gryphaea
An extensive temporary exposure in the Vale of Belvoir (south Notts) which cut across the outcrops of some 70 feet of lower Liassic beds threw light on the course of deposition in Liassic waters.


The Use of Gryphaea in the Correlation of the Lower Lias
In the course of recent investigations in the littoral Lias of South Wales and parts of Somerset the writer has frequently found that almost the only fossils in some of these deposits are species of
On the Evolution of Zaphrentis delanouei in Lower Carboniferous Times
  • R. Carruthers
  • Geology
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1910
I. Introduction. An attempt is made, in the following communication, to demonstrate the evolution of a small Zaphrentid coral, belonging to a gens of common occurrence in the Lower Carboniferous
On the Junction of Gault and Lower Greensand near Leighton Buzzard (Bedfordshire)
  • G. W. Lamplugh
  • Geology
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1922
I. Introduction. Eighteen years ago the late J. F. Walker and myself described to the Society a remarkable fossiliferous limestone occurring immediately beneath the Gault at Shenley Hill near