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What is a species? British bird expert develops a math formula to solve the problem

20:00 EDT 9 May 2018 | AAAS

(Pensoft Publishers) Whether co-habiting populations belong to the same species is only as tough as figuring out if they interbreed or produce fertile offspring. On the other hand, when populations are geographically separated, biologists often struggle to determine whether they represent different species or merely subspecies. To address the age-long issue, a British bird expert has developed a new universal mathematical formula for determining what is a species. His study is published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

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