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Barcoding Speices, Part II

DNA barcoding highlights the variety of ways we bunch and characterize species—“disease vector species,” “invasive” and “conservation” species, as well “provisional” or “vouchered” species and “cryptic species complexes.” The first set of these labels reflects distinct interests and concerns as … Continue reading

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Barcoding Species

The philosophical conundrums presented by the concept of species are immense, offering an expanse of theoretical and methodological controversies entailed by identifying species—either classifying “new” ones or locating existing ones amidst mutable taxonomical criteria and schemas. Much of this complexity … Continue reading

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Species in the news

When and why do species make the news? Reporters cover all kinds of stories about humans, in political, economic, religious, social, or criminal frames and narratives; these are the subjects that have defined news since the genre’s inception. But it … Continue reading

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Species in the New York Times

  One measure of how a multispecies perspective may be catching on is how nonhumans enter into one of our most important social mediums: news coverage. News is principally about humans, and it was central to the emergence of the … Continue reading

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Watching Ice Age 4

It’s amazing how many current multispecies fables are circulating in public culture. Two movie franchises stand out: Madagascar and Ice Age, two of the top-grossing animated series. These films variously frame the crisis of species collapse for very young audience, … Continue reading

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