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How Zoologists Organize Things: The Art of Classification by David Bainbridge is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to the science of classification; in particular, how zoologists categorize and organize different species of animals. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the history and development of taxonomy, the study of classification, and how scientists have organized life on Earth since the dawn of civilization.
Bainbridge writes in a clear and concise style, making complex concepts easy to understand. While the book is not written for scientists only, it offers detailed insights into the intricacies of the field and is a valuable resource for professionals and students.
The book is structured adeptly, making it easy to navigate and follow. Bainbridge divides the book into easily digestible chapters, each one presenting a distinct aspect of classification and evolution. The chapters are beautifully illustrated with photographs of both living and extinct species and the illustrations effectively drive home the concepts being discussed.
One of the most intriguing features of the book is how it takes the reader beyond the traditional classifications of species and genus to give a broader explanation of the entire classifications of animals.
Bainbridge acknowledges that there are limitations and challenges to classifying animals into these categories due to the fluidity of evolutionary history, which is always in a state of flux. Also, the author emphasizes the relevance of classification to current conservation efforts.
This is an outstanding read for anyone interested in animal classification, science and history. The book offers a comprehensive but easy-to-understand introduction to the field while also providing insights into the challenges and future directions of this evolving science.