Such expressions as that famous one of Linnæus, and which we often meet with in a more or less concealed form, that the characters do not make the genus, but that the genus gives the characters, seem to imply that something more is included in our classification, than mere resemblance. I believe that something more is included; and that propinquity of descent,—the only known cause of the similarity of organic beings,—is the bond, hidden as it is by various degrees of modification, which is partially revealed to us by our classifications (Darwin, 1859, p. 413f).

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Planet Bob

The guys at the International Institute for Species Exploration Arizona State University, in cooperation with Media Alchem of Seattle, have just released the trailer and movie to Planet Bob.

Planet Bob is a fantastic way to advertise the importance of taxonomy to a general audience. Making people aware of taxonomy through a large media campaign is a novel idea and one that I hope will attract the attention of policy makers and funding bodies. We wish Quentin Wheeler and the IISE the best of luck.

Please visit the Planet Bob website

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