Animal species and mitochondria

We post to BioRXiv, the pre-print server for biology:
Why Should Mitochondria Define Species?
Mark Y. Stoeckle, David S. Thaler

Comments on the paper are most welcome.The study is grounded in and strongly supports Darwinian evolution, including the understanding all life has evolved from a common biological origin over several billion years.

The study follows mainstream views of human evolution. We do not propose there was a single “Adam” or “Eve”. We do not propose any catastrophic events.