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John Neil Academic, Engineering

Having had an extended period of ill health this year, my research has been on hold. Current research (now resumed) involves preparation of a paper titled "Review and Clarification of the Species Problem". No solutions to be offered, but with the review, a suggestion that the long-running controversy and debate needs to be clarified, so that workers with different research backgrounds and interests might be better placed to confer with one another, rather than push more narrowly constrained 'solutions'. The generalised approach of writers such as de Queiroz, Mayden, Richards, Wiley and others will be emphasised by my approach to the issue of clarification.

A projected follow-up paper from my background as a palaeontologist, will look at the specific palaeontological problems faced by systematists, and efforts to produce an integrated approach.

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