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Portrait of Carl Linnaeus
Portrait of Carl Linnaeus at 32 by J. H. Scheffel. Oil Painting, 1739.Reproduction courtesy Uppsala University Art Collections

Scientists around the world are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. He is best known for instituting a two-name method for identifying plants and animals, called binomial nomenclature. Considered the “father” of modern taxonomy, Linnaeus named approximately 4,400 species of animals and 7,700 species of plants.

Today, many museums, including this one, continue to research the relationships between species, and rely on Linnaeus’ classic works.

For 2 days in November we will celebrate this 300th anniversary with an exhibition of Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae and symposium.

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