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Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Scientific literature started far before .pdf files.

Nowadays the less recent “paper” publications are perceived as more difficult to access even if they didn’t move at all, only because the newest publications are much easier to find. This is leading to pay less attention to the literature legacy.

This process is particularly worrying in relation to legacy taxonomic literature, that is of exceptional value because the domain of systematic biology depends — more than any other science — upon historic literature.

Biodiversity conservation strongly depends on the knowledge of biological diversity, therefore on the conservation of the publications on systematic biology. This problem is particularly acute for the developing countries that are home to the majority of the world’s biodiversity.

This is why I found absolutely interesting the linked site, it is easy to search for any species for which you can then browse an incredible literature. Enjoy!

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