Taxonomical Anarchy Hampers Conservation

To: L&L Knight <>
Subject: Taxonomical Anarchy Hampers Conservation
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:00:06 +0000
If one accepts evolution then surely the corollary is that species change
over time. Else there would probably only be one species of bird
Or am I missing something?

On 1 Jun 2017 17:58, "Laurie Knight" <> wrote:

> Steve Garnett and Les Christidis say
> "The assumption that species are fixed entities1 underpins every
> international agreement on biodiversity conservation, all national
> environmental legislation and the efforts of many individuals and
> organizations to safeguard plants and animals. Yet for a discipline aiming
> to impose order on the natural world, taxonomy (the classification of
> complex organisms) is remarkably anarchic.”
> See today’s edition of Nature:
> taxonomy-anarchy-hampers-conservation-1.22064
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