…ch simpler than the cells of all other living things — even those of other single-celled organisms. Therefore they stand alone in modern biological classification systems as the simplest type of living organisms. (For more information on the classification of living things, see my earlier article “How Many K…
R. Philip Bouchard
I really hate the use of that word “simple” when talking about microorganisms and bacteria in particular. It is also possible to make the case that the archeae are actually “simpler” even though they are more closely related to the presumably less simple/more complex eukaryotes. If you have not yet read it I highly recommend O’Malleys book linked below. Really excellent couple of chapters on microorganism classification that touches on these points.
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microbiology are seldom encountered in philosophical accounts of the life sciences. ... It fills a major gap in the…
Also, a very short piece I wrote below linked talking about a really tiny aspect of the book. I have been meaning to get around to more but have not had the time to dedicate to it.