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Type: Editorial
Published: 2022-09-22
Page range: 430–433
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The Inventory Imperative

Office of the President, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York 14853, USA


Imagine what could be accomplished—at a fraction of the cost of a Mars rover—by a small army of explorers and taxonomists toiling away to discover and categorize organisms…”—Grimaldi and Engel, 2007

A complete survey of life on Earth may appear to be a daunting task. But compared with what has been dared and achieved in high-energy physics, molecular genetics, and other branches of ‘big science,’ it is in the second or third rank”—E.O. Wilson, 1985


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