Biological Terminology


MY gentle touch has started an avalanche indeed, but I remain unmoved. Sir Archdall Reid asks (NATURE, June 2, p. 425): “Is not all systematic zoology and botany founded on this kind of classification?”—a classification based on definite, concrete facts of structure, in which there is “little or nothing” based on causes, on antecedents and consequents, or on hypothesis. The answer is in the negative. May I illustrate briefly some kinds of interpretation that a systematist has to employ?

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BATHER, F. Biological Terminology. Nature 107, 489–490 (1921).

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