Linnaeus at 300

Linnaeus 300 cover

In this focus

Carl Linnaeus introduced the systematic classification upon which all subsequent natural history has been built. This Nature web focus brings together a range of material celebrating the tercentenary of his birth in 1707, including features on how the explosion of genetic data changes the way we look at taxonomy, and the conflict between professionals and amateurs when naming species. There are also commentaries by leading taxonomists on the future of their field, articles on Linnaeus's global network of contacts and even his lost and lamented pet raccoon, original research on the origin of flowering plants and a review on speciation - the first of several such articles to be published this year, which will be added to the web focus over time along with other coverage.

Cover art by Jovan Djordjevic after Jean Haagen�s copy of Kraft�s 1774 portrait, by permission of the Linnean Society of London




The legacy of Linnaeus

Nature 446, 231 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446231b



News Features

Linnaeus at 300: We are family Free access

John Whitfield

Nature 446, 247 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446247a

News Features

Linnaeus at 300: The species and the specious

Emma Marris

Nature 446, 250 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446250a

News Features

Linnaeus at 300: The big name hunters

Brendan Borrell

Nature 446, 253 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446253a

News Features

Linnaeus at 300: The royal raccoon from Swedesboro

Henry Nicholls

Nature 446, 255 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446255a




Linnaeus in the information age Free access

H. C. J. Godfray

Nature 446, 259 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446259a


Spreading the word

Sandra Knapp, Andrew Polaszek and Mark Watson

Nature 446, 261 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446261a




Linnaeus and taxonomy in Japan

His Majesty The Emperor of Japan

Nature 446, 139 (12 July 2007) doi:10.1038/448139a


Plant taxonomy: The love of plants

Staffan Müller-Wille

Nature 446, 268 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446268a


Current Research

News and Views

Botany: New home for tiny aquatics

Else Marie Friis and Peter Crane

Nature 446, 269 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446269a


Hydatellaceae identified as a new branch near the base of the angiosperm phylogenetic tree

Jeffery M. Saarela et al.

Nature 446, 312 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/nature05612


Hybrid speciation

James Mallet

Nature 446, 279 (15 March 2007) doi:10.1038/nature05706