Today's biology excerpt comes from Instant Biology by Boyce Rensberger.
So far biologists have identified and given names to just over 1.4 million species of animals, plants and microorganisms. As any camper could guess, most of them are insects. To be almost exact, 751,000 of them are insects. And of the insect world, 290,000 species (nearly 40 percent) are beetles. That makes beetles by far the most diverse form of life known on Earth. Biologists noticed this fact back in the 1800s, and it led to one of the most celebrated quips in biology: When Darwin's friend, Thomas Henry Huxley, was asked what the study of creation had revealed about the mind of the creator, he replied, "That the Almighty has an inordinate fondness for beetles."
Thus begins "Biology Week" here at TBCBYL. Excitement!
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
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