“The earliest case of systematic naming occurred about 6,000 years ago when God brought all his newly fashioned creatures to Adam to see what he would call them (Genesis 2:19).”
J. L. Heilbron, “Coming to Terms”, Nature, vol. 415, p585, 7 Feb 2002.
Heilbron is from Worcester College, Oxford UK.
Editorial Comment: The intriguing thing about this article on scientific naming, or classification, is that it was not prefaced or followed by any snide remarks or references to myths, and they got the Biblical reference to Adam correct. Good to see a prestigious scientific journal like Nature finally catching up with us!
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