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Speciation: Concepts and Mechanisms

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please tell me about speciation, defining the concept of speciation, and briefly explaining the mechanisms of speciation. Be sure to include references can be anything from anywhere.

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What are Species?

Species are groups of interbreeding natural populations that are reproductively isolated from other such groups.

What is speciation?

Speciation is the process whereby a single species develops over time into two distinct, reproductively isolated species.
Speciation is among the most fundamental events in the history of life. It has occurred millions, if not billions, of times since life originated some 3.8 billion years ago.

Concept of Speciation

One of the defining characteristics of a species is its reproductive isolation: the fact that among animals and plants that reproduce sexually, it is impossible for members of two different species to mate and produce fertile offspring. It is one of the key ...

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This solution provides information on what is speciation, defining the concepts and mechanism of the same.