NANFA--Offtopic: Linnaeus and Reptile Declines

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Tue, 7 Aug 2001 13:02:24 -0500

The August 2000 issue of BioScience contains two articles of interest to
some members:

One is about a movement to replace the rank-based Linnaean system of
taxonomy (Kingdom=>Phylum=>etc.=>Genus=>species) with the clade-based
PhyloCode system (which is rankless). This was news to me! You can read
about it FREE by accessing the article through this link:

Another article of interest, especially to herp enthusiasts, is by Whit
Gibbons et al.: "The Global Decline of Retiles, Deja Vu Amphibians." Its
excellent and should be required reading for anyone interested in vertebrate
conservation. I think that it can also be accessed through the above link
but must be purchased if you are not a member of the AIBS.

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