Carl Linnaeus’s tercentenary celebrations

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Carl Linnaeus, the great naturalist and father of taxonomy, was born on May 23rd, 1707 and, to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth, Sweden began a year-long celebration on Saturday.

In his 1735 book, Systema naturae, Linnaeus classified 4,400 animal species and 7,700 plant species. It was in the 10th edition of the book, published in 1758, that Linnaeus devised the binomial system of nomenclature for animals and plants that is still used by biologists today.

As part of the celebration, the Linnean Society of London is planning to digitize its collection of Linnaeus manuscripts.

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