Vanished earthworm taxonomy

Geoff Read 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?

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