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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), 974-979, (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1641/B571110
Published: 1 December 2007
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