Friday, July 3, 2015

Fact of the Day: Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus is the considered the father of modern taxonomy. Which is the classification of animals by their biological order. One of the reasons why most living things's scientific names are based in Latin is because that Linnaeus' work was often wrote in Latin. 


  1. There is actually a large statue of Carolus Linnaeus at the Chicago Botanical Garden. I thought he was only something to do with botanical things. Taxonomy? Wow! Didn't know that.

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  3. Well that seems a logical conclusion to me.
    If Linnaeus wrote in Latin then the scientific names would be in Latin.
    I would hardly expect the scientific names would be in Swahili of the
    tribes of Southern Africa!!!
    Most medical and even legal terminology has Greek or Latin derogatives,
    the languages of the classics.
    Just what did some of you people learn at school???
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)

  4. Makes sense, glad I never had to learn them in latin though

  5. I did know that, but I never knew Carl wore a "Wiggus Cuticus."

  6. His name often comes up on Jeopardy. Happy 4th.

  7. I didn't know this....and....surprisingly to some...I learned quite a few things in school.