24 Jan '13, 7pm

A Rallying Cry for Naming All Species on Earth

A Rallying Cry for Naming All Species on Earth

Tin-Yam Chan A deep-sea lobster of the genus Puerulus, fished commercially in the Indian Ocean, was recently discovered to be new to science. Most species will go extinct before they are ever discovered — or so some researchers believe. It is something that conservationists agonize over at professional meetings and in scientific papers. But the situation may not be so hopeless after all, one team argues. Naming all of earth’s species is an endeavor well within science’s grasp, they say, if only researchers will focus their efforts. In a paper published in Science, the team delivers good news in three-fold. Taxonomy, or the branch of science concerned with classifying and naming species, is thriving, they write. The number of species left to discover and name are not as daunting as some estimates indicate, they add, and extinction rates are not as bad as conservationists ma...

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