Why Most New Species Are Discovered By Amateurs

Why Most New Species Are Discovered By Amateurs

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Most new species are discovered by amateurs because nowadays non-professionals are actually better suited to the requirements of new species “discovery.”

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Taxonomy: The branch of science concerned with classifying organisms
Taxonomic Impediment: The gaps in our taxonomic knowledge and the shortage of trained taxonomists and curators.
Amateur Taxonomist: Someone who classifies organisms but is not paid to do so.
Malacology: The study of mollusks, including snails and slugs.
Type Specimen: The specimen used to officially describe a new species.

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