47- Sibling Species

Moving away from previous topics somewhat, we’re going to dive back into ecological theory and discuss the concept of sibling species. What is a sibling species? Well, they’re species which appear broadly very similar, but do have some differences when you get up close. As we’ll see in today’s episode, sibling species are essentially part of the process of speciation..

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