Taxonomy in the popular media

Frederick J. Peabody fpeabody at SUNFLOWR.USD.EDU
Mon Jan 13 16:28:33 CST 1997

The movie "Medicine Man" comes to mind.

Frederick J. Peabody
Associate Professor of Botany
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD  57069  USA
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On Mon, 13 Jan 1997, aj49 wrote:

> To those interested,
> It occurs to me that there are at least a few, and probably many examples of
> taxonomy taking a central role in popular television and movies.  For
> example, a recent episode of X-Files hinged on the identity of a fungus
> associated with mysterious deaths.  Or in the movie called the Silence of
> the Lambs, in which the mystery was solved partly on the basis of the
> identification of a moth, and the consequent biological information that the
> detectives got based on the correct identification.  Maybe this has been
> obvious to others, but it occurred to me for the first time that such shows
> are great tools for explaining to one's inlaws or whoever the importance of
> the seemingly esoteric science called taxonomy.  Movies and TV are closer to
> home for most people than crop production, ecology and so-forth.  Do some of
> you have other good examples of taxonomy in movies and TV?
> Cheers,
> Andy Jensen

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