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1 December 2007 Biodiversity Studies and Their Foundation in Taxonomic Scholarship
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Studies of biodiversity rely on taxonomically recognized variation to establish regions of special evolutionary and conservation interest. The number of species known from a region relates well to the number of taxonomists working on that region. It is important that we evaluate the philosophy of taxonomists, who have a large impact on our tally of species. Yet, philosophy of what constitutes a species, race, or variety differs among taxonomists and between periods of an individual taxonomist's career. Hence, our modern crisis in taxonomic expertise translates directly into a crisis in revisionary systematics. We must invest more in training traditional scholars.

JOSEPH M. RACZKOWSKI and John W. Wenzel "Biodiversity Studies and Their Foundation in Taxonomic Scholarship," BioScience 57(11), (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1641/B571110
Published: 1 December 2007
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