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Had I Known, I Would Have Paid More Attention In Biology Class

March 28, 2011

Here’s a little stunner The Wildlife Society passed along from Live Science.  I wonder what a good taxonomist makes?

Cost to identify all unknown animals: $263 billion

Only a fraction of the world’s animal species have been identified by science, and getting to know the rest could cost about $263.1 billion, one study estimates. So far, about 1.4 million species have been catalogued, and an estimated 5.4 million remain unknown to us, scientists say. But the main impediment to identifying these unknown creatures is a shortage of qualified taxonomists, the biologists who identify organisms and place them within related groups, write the authors.

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