Taxonomy and systematics

The science of taxonomy and systematics involves classifying organisms according to natural and evolutionary relationships. The system in wide use dates back to the eighteenth century, when Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus devised a way of naming, ranking, and classifying organisms. But with all our scientific progress, is this still relevant today? And what other ways are there of examining wildlife? Explore the Museum’s extensive resources to discover the answers.

  • Nephilengys malabarensis, the tropical orb-weaving spider from Sri Lanka
    What is taxonomy?

    Taxonomy is the science of identifying and naming species and organising them into systems of classification.

  • Adam naming the creatures.
    What's in a name? A history of taxonomy

    Taxonomy is arguably the world's oldest profession, but how much has the science changed from the days when Linnaeus classified the Earth's plants and animals?

  • The colour patterns of different species of bumblebee
    Identification keys

    Identify flora and fauna in your local area with these step-by-step identification guides.