Vanished earthworm taxonomy
g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Fri May 17 05:15:38 EST 1996
Can this be true?
Quoting from a New Scientist capsule review (p44, Jan96):
"There are treasures, however, such as the chapter titled
'Forgetting', which shows how some science disciplines simply vanish.
Earthworm taxonomy is his example."
The book: "Beginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennum"
[sic], by David Ehrenfeld, OUP.
Not having seen the book I don't know how he apparently decided the
last word had been said on earthworm relationships. Granted there
aren't that many species, but, to compare with the ultimate, human
taxonomy is a rather lively field at the moment. And would I be
incorrect in assuming there were never vast numbers of practitioners
in the field (literally!) anyway?
Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>
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