humunculus wrote:Kriswest wrote:According to different science sites that I just read, evolution is the process and speciation is the end results. (That is the simplified version of what I read.)
Maybe a little oversimplified. How can there be an "end result" to an ongoing process?
Taxonomy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxonomic_rank is simply a way of classifying biological entities as we observe them in the present.
If a specimen is mistakenly classified as one species, because its outward characteristics resemble those of a closely related genus in its family, but on closer examination, its genetic code reveals it to belong to another branch of the same family, it gets reclassified. No big deal. The whole system of ranking is for the purpose of keeping tidy books. It doesn't in any way affect the process of random mutation, natural selection, adaptation and survival.
Speciation is a concept some creationists have got the wrong end of and keep trying to milk, even though it's a male.
Dude at some point you have to call a Poodle a Poodle. The average brain does not give a crap that 109 years from now Poodles will be something else. Sure we all know there is no end but, there must be categories.