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The species concept in palaeoanthropology

- Wits University

Professor Lee Berger explains the concept of species in palaeoanthropology.

What defines a species? Professor Lee Berger from Wits University explains how species are defined in palaeoanthropology. By using the original fossils that represent the holo- and paratypes of their species, Professor Berger explains the importance of choosing the fossils that represent the Holotypes and Paratypes of their species and the affects that these choices have on the way the field views human evolution, as well as the relationship of different hominid species to the central pattern of human evolution, and to each other.