Carl von Linne

Monkey business
December 19, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

 When asked their opinion about human evolution, some people will answer: “I cannot accept that we came from monkeys.” We should all agree with that sentiment. Humans are no monkeys. But we are part of the Primate Order. In an earlier blog  I wrote about Carl von Linné to  and his way of classifying plants and […]

It’s all Greek to me
December 12, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

The world of science is full of terminology borrowed from dead languages such as Ancient Greek and Latin. This is the natural result of the fact that in the 17th and 18th century scientists tended to use Latin to communicate with each other. While this tradition has now changed in favor of languages that are […]

Meet Lucy, Australopithecus afarensis. (What’s in a name?)
August 1, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

One trait that is inherently human is a desire to explain what we see. One aspect in which this desire expresses itself is the way in which we classify plant and animal life.  One of the first scientists to start this endeavor was a Swede by the name of Carl von Linné. He is also […]

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