More Than Just Making Up Names for Animals: Why Taxonomy Matters

More Than Just Making Up Names for Animals: Why Taxonomy Matters

By now you’ve probably seen the slideshows: those monkeys with the human-like gaze, the tiny violets, and those glow-in-the-dark cockroaches that somehow made cockroaches seem even creepier. All of these creatures nabbed spots on the top 10 new species list, announced last week by the International Institute for Species Exploration. Yet, the initial buzz surrounding that dime-sized frog eventually fades away, and we go back to forgetting that taxonomy ever existed. But should we care beyond the weird pictures and funny names?

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