Thursday, August 15, 2013

Carl Linnaeus

"There are places on the Moon named after him. His face appears on Swedish currency, and an era of scientific history bears his name, but Carl Linnaeus is best known for creating the system of classifying living organisms that became the international standard.

Often called the father of taxonomy, Linnaeus laid the foundation for a new classification of plants and animals based on their reproductive systems. His famous book 'Systema Naturae, classified 4,400 species of animals and 7,700 species of plants.  He is, also, credited for distinguishing humans as Homo sapiens, and as primates in the class of mammals.  Linnaeus' ideas have influenced generations of scientists, and even those opposed to the philosophical and theological roots of his work.

Mattias Klum and Folke Ryden created a film to honor Linnaeus, in 2007, the 300th anniversary of his birth.  The film is titled The Linnaeus Expedition.

Why not try a unit study of taxonomy?   Here are some resources:

Related books:
Linnea in Monet's Garden by Christina Bjork (elementary)
Linnea's Almanac by Christina Bjork (elementary)
Linnea's Windowsill Garden by Christina Bjork  (elementary)
Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and William Munoz
100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names  by Diana Wells and Ippy Patterson  (adult)

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