[Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Jan 26 15:27:19 CST 2011

I don't think that the right enemy has been identified here ... I don't blame 
bioinformatics for the decline of taxonomy (if anything, it is a covert way of 
diverting some funding back to taxonomy, funding that would otherwise be 
swallowed up by the real enemies: cladistics and molecular biology)

the real "children" are frantic to "climb trees" and play computer games ...


From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thu, 27 January, 2011 9:35:38 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline


"The millions of dollars spent globally on technology to catalog species may 
actually be pushing out the people we rely upon: taxonomists and systematists. 
We’re like young children frantic to add new baseball cards to our collections, 
while the actual creators of the baseball cards themselves are vanishing."

Nice to see that message getting out to a wider audience.
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
Ph: (03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
Webpage: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/?articleID=570


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