subspecies vs species


by huginn
Tags: species, subspecies
huginn
huginn is offline
#1
Oct29-13, 02:54 PM
P: 2
I am trying to get a better understanding of subspecies vs species notably for humans. For example are Neanderthals a subspecies or separate species or if a new subspecies of Homo Sapiens were to emerge how would decide that there is a new subspecies
Is there a good book that explains this in layman's terms.
Phys.Org News Partner Biology news on Phys.org
Campaigners say protected birds in danger in Malta
WWF condemns oil search in Africa's oldest national park
Genome yields insights into golden eagle vision, smell
Ryan_m_b
Ryan_m_b is offline
#2
Oct29-13, 03:45 PM
Mentor
Ryan_m_b's Avatar
P: 5,351
A subspecies is a population of organisms that are the same species as another population but do not interbreed (or at least rarely) due to non biological reasons. This will eventually lead to speciation.

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sympatric_speciation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapatric_speciation


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Neanderthals, separate species or subspecies Biology 2
Solution of NaCl and CO2. Name species and find concentrations of species. Biology, Chemistry & Other Homework 2
Why Are There So Many Species Biology 21
Evolution: New Species and Old Species? Biology 5
New spider subspecies? Biology 2