They appear to be continuing to take the idea that science questions things seriously:
Are you a human, or a human-Neanderthal hybrid? The concept of the species, one of the most basic in biology, may not be as well-defined as we think…
Traditional species concepts are further undermined by high levels of hybridisation in nature.Kate Douglas, “We’re beginning to question the idea of species – including our own” at New Scientist
The free stuff ends there but in the paywalled part, one may read,
There probably isnʼt a clear answer to such questions. In the end, the whole idea of fixed species appeals to ideas of immutability in nature that now seem rather outdated. Biology is messy, and doesnʼt bend to our desire for clean classifications.Kate Douglas, “We’re beginning to question the idea of species – including our own” at New Scientist
But, of course, when Darwinism turned science into some kind of religion, the title of his Great Testament was On the Origin of Species.
Hence the hunt for evidence of speciation as a sort of Holy Grail.
The thing is, nature is messy but not wholly so. If classifiers left the Search for Darwin’s Grail out of it, they might be able to come up with useful classifications – useful in the sense that they can be used for something practical.
It’s good news that they are thinking this way. If we’re going to vote money and legislation for environmental protection, we do need useful working classifications. Why waste time, money and energy “saving” a “species” that doesn’t really exist as a separate entity when some whole ecologies are critically endangered? And it doesn’t matter how we choose to classify the “species” within them.
At least these are more constructive discussions to be involved in than attacking or defending Darwinism.
Note: Recently, New Scientist published 13 rethinks of evolution, this being the 13th: (Reformed) New Scientist 13: We can stop evolution. New Scientist: “Today, evolution remains one of the most powerful ideas in science but, as with all good ideas, it is evolving ” Sure, but if evolution is evolving, Darwinism is dead. Which is fine with us. It’s a big world out there. Making everything sound like Darwin said it is not the way to explore that world. The others are also linked there.