Category: Blog


Published: March 17, 2016

What is a Species?

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Brain Scoop

New species of lifeforms are being discovered and described on our planet every single day -- but, when we talk about a species, what are we really referring to? Turns out, the answer is... complicated.

This video is by no means comprehensive. Species concepts are some of the most complex and, at times, controversial topics in biology. This video ought to serve as your window down into the rabbit hole. If you're interested in this sort of thing, check out some of the articles below! 

Why should we care about species? Read this Nature Education article.

"A list of 26 species 'Concepts''

The 'Open Tree of Life'

Amorous turtles 

'Virgin Birth' by shark confirmed; second case ever.