The Taxonomic Outlook in Zoology*


THE anatomist, the physiologist, the field naturalist, the student of one or other of the innumerable specialisations of biological science, has always been inclined to regard with distaste, if not with contempt, the work of those whose business it is to denominate, classify, and catalogue the infinite variety of living things. The systematist is generally supposed to be a narrow specialist, concerned with the trivial and superficial distinctions between the members of some narrow group of organisms which he studies in the spirit of a stamp collector; happy when he can describe a new species, triumphant if he can find an excuse for giving a fresh name to an old one.

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CALMAN, W. The Taxonomic Outlook in Zoology*. Nature 126, 440–444 (1930).

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