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Evolution > Species & Speciation > Topic 3: The Importance of Being Species

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Thinking about how species are formed and how to define species might seem estoeric-like something that is only of interest to die-hard evolution geeks.

But, having a good understanding of these concepts is very applicable to the tangible world of conservation biology, environmental planning, and disease biology.

This topic explores two case studies and allows you to use your understanding of species to draw critical conclusions about applied questions.

Us Fish and Wildlife workers tranquilize and band Florida panthers
US Fish & Wildlife workers tranquilize
and band Florida panthers

What you'll learn in this topic

  • how to evaluate evidence about differences between populations of related organisms
  • how to use evidence to make informed decisions about species and speciation

Your task is to work through these case studies and see how understanding species and speciation is applied to real world situations.

Click on a case study to begin
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