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Planet Earth

It’s Come to This: I’m Outsourcing Blogging to Australia

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerMay 29, 2008 8:43 PM


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I have been meaning for some days now to point your attention to my new article in the June issue of Scientific American called, "What Is A Species?" The hard copy is worth tracking down because it's got a lot of excellent illustrations and sidebars. SciAm has the full article online for subscribers, and I've posted the text over at There's so much I could say on the topic--pointing out how the recent news on polar bear extinction raises the question of how distinct polar bears are, for example--but I am scurrying in the shadow of a rising wave. (Attention people of Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle: please look at my book tour schedule!) So let me direct your attention to a typically insightful blog post by John Wilkins about my article. John helped me enormously in understanding the nature of the species problem--especially its long tortured history. After things settle down, I will take charge of my own blogging...

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