How to discover a new species?

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago
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    The best way to do it is to go exploring in some remote corner of the world where no scientist has gone before. There are so many species of beetles that many of them probably have not been named or discovered by science. Therefore if finding a new species is your goal, learn entomology, specialize in beetles and go hunting for them in the Amazon, hopefully by the time you learn enough, the forests would still be there.

    Another way to do it is to explore the deep sea, the deepest parts of the oceans around the world. Many species in those places are unknown to science, but you need to be knowledgeable of the species that have already been discovered so as not to give a new name to an existing species. Nevertheless, scientists do not get much respect if all they do is to look for new species. The discipline is called alpha taxonomy, and it is not a highly regarded discipline. Many biologists specialize in some other discipline such as ecology or mammalogy, and they may discover a new species by accident or happenstance in their research. These scientists are more highly respected because the contribute more to our understanding of nature than to look for and name new species.

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    Go and look where nobody has looked before - new species are still quite common.

  • 1 year ago

    Become a parasitologist. Finding a few new species each day is a common occurrence in a moderately-sized lab.

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