jan 1, 1735 - Linnaeus's Systema Naturae charts life (c. 1735)
Swedish botanist Carl von Linne, writing under the Latin name Linnaeus, attempts to classify all life on Earth. His system divides life into kindgoms, classes, orders, genera, and species. It is a landmark in science that will greatly influence future naturalists, including Carles Darwin. It also is an act of religious devotion. Unlike Darwin's "tree of life," Linnaeus's system does not imply that different species are related through evolution. Each species is a distinct "archetype" and a reflection of God's intent.
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