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Subject: Re: Self-Made Cells Date: 2/16/2001 3:45 PM
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Hey Becky,

I'm going to admit I've totally forgotten all this 'family', sub-family stuff.
How do 'species'(all the Bible gives us) relate to all this. My contention is that there IS evolution within species, but no evolving into another species, by natural means any way. So, for instance, could the hippo, peccaries and pigs (if they could find a way!) reproduce?


Ok, first things first; an example of the taxonomy of the Philippine warty pig :

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Sub-Order: Suina
Family: Suidae
Genus species: Sus philippensis
Common Name: Philippine warty pig

Philippensis is the species name in this example, but we use the genus and species names together to label living things. This is how all living things are classified.

The actual definition of a species is simply a group of organisms that can mate and produce fertile offspring.

Here's m-w.com:

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Main Entry: 1spe·cies
Pronunciation: 'spE-(")shEz, -(")sEz
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural species
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, appearance, kind, species, from specere to look -- more at SPY
Date: 14th century

d (1) : a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of a genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name (2) : an individual or kind belonging to a biological species

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So the answer to this one...

So, for instance, could the hippo, peccaries and pigs (if they could find a way!) reproduce?

...is no way, girlfriend. They'd never interbreed in the wild, and you have to stay within the same species to produce non-sterile offspring.

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Sub-Order <--- hippos, pigs, and peccaries share this
Family
Genus
Species<--- which is waaaay different from this.


My contention is that there IS evolution within species, but no evolving into another species, by natural means any way.

I don't think I understand what you mean in this sentence. Maybe you could elaborate on your definition of evolution/evolving.

Take care,
Amy

P.S. I'm jealous that all you guys got to have pet pigs. I've wanted a pig since age 6 when I read Charlotte's Web.


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