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Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus, father of binomial nomenclature.

In 1735, Carl Linnaeus revolutionized biology when he published Systema Naturae, a manuscript that described the system we still use today to name species and describe how they relate to other species.  Since 1735, 10,709 species of birds have been described by science (the most recent being the Boa Nova Tapaculo and the Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher in 2014).

Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher. Photo: Martin Lindop

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