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INHS Seminar - Dr. J. L. Crane - A Brief history of Early Biological Systematics from Aristotle to Linnaeus

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Illinois Natural History Survey
1005 Forbes Natural History Building - 1816 S. Oak St, Champaign
Sep 9, 2014   3:00 pm  
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Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) Seminars

Taxonomy, the study of scientific classification, has a long and fascinating history, beginning in the 4th century BCE, when Aristotle began classifying organisms, grouping them based on similarities. Since that time, there have been many classification systems before finally being standardized by Carolus Linnaeus in the 18th century.  This talk will provide a brief history of biological systematics from Aristotle to Linnaeus, including, the First Museum and Research Institute, Cabinets of Natural History, herbals, and Bestiaries  mythical beings, the use of  Mythology in the names of plants, animals, and terminology, use of transliteration from Greek to Latin in the formation of scientific names, Biological Nomenclature and trends toward a Biocode.

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