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A Celebration of the Tercentenary of the Birth of Carl Linnaeus

A ZSL Discussion Meeting in conjunction with the Linnean Society of London

Taxonomy, the description and naming of species, is fundamental to all biology. Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish physician and naturalist, introduced the method of binomial nomenclature using genus and species names on a world scale for animals in 1758 with the publication of Systema Naturae. Zoological nomenclature is now administered with a comprehensive set of rules by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Taxonomy increasingly relies on electronic forms of communication, and open access is essential for this information to be really useful. Molecular data are vital in the field of phylogenetics, and molecular methods – from nucleotides to amino acids, and the current Barcode of Life initiative – are set to increase in importance in other areas of taxonomy. Each year about 15,000-20,000 animals are named and described. To understand and sustain biodiversity it is essential that we know what species there are on Earth.

Organised by Dr Vaughan Southgate, Vice President and Zoological Secretary of the Linnean Society of London


Dr Andrew Polaszek, Executive Secretary, ICZN, Natural History Museum, London | talks | www
Dr Tim Littlewood, Dept of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London | talks | www
Professor Charles Godfray FRS, Dept of Zoology, University of Oxford | talks | www
Dr Sandy Knapp Dept of Botany, Natural History Museum, London | talks | www


Date and Time:

8 May 2007 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



ZSL London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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