This book traces some of the main pre-biology and early biology historical accounts of species, beginning in the Western tradition with Plato and Aristotle. The essentialist view derived from Plato and Aristotle held that a species is differentiated out of a larger class or genus by a set of necessary traits all members possess. Charles Darwin and his successors held the generative conception of species, in which species are found to be populations without essences, but with common ancestry.
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