Evolutionary Biology

Taxonomy I: What's in a name?

by Alfred L. Rosenberger, Ph.D.


Species 2000

The modern equivalent of Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae, an attempt to database all the world’s biodiversity.

Pronunciation of Biological Latin

Cape West Publishing guide on how to pronounce scientific names of plants and animals in Latin.

Further Exploration

Linnaeus Link

Linnean Society of London - An international collaboration between libraries with significant holdings of Linnaean material.

How taxonomy works

Milwaukee Public Museum - explaining Taxonomy through the recent exploits of a beetles specialist.

The Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project

Natural History Museum, London - project to promote nomenclatural stability in Linnaean plant names by establishing clear typifications for each of the names involved.


New Brazilian Monkeys and Bats

A lavishly illustrated early 19th century taxonomic, expeditionary publication by Johann Baptist von Spix.

News & Events

Taxonomic errors mar biodiversity estimates

New Scientist

Current Science News

News from around the world of science.


Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Classifying Life

PBS / NOVA - interactive that allows you to classify three life forms and learn about taxonomy.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States

National Academies Press: A Framework for K-12 Science Education