Five Kingdoms, More or Less: Robert Whittaker and the Broad Classification of Organisms

@inproceedings{Hagen2012FiveKM,
  title={Five Kingdoms, More or Less: Robert Whittaker and the Broad Classification of Organisms},
  author={J. Hagen},
  year={2012}
}
  • J. Hagen
  • Published 2012
  • Biology
  • Robert Whittaker's five-kingdom system was a standard feature of biology textbooks during the last two decades of the twentieth century. Even as its popularity began to wane at the end of the century, vestiges of Whittaker's thinking continued to be found in most textbook accounts of biodiversity. Whittaker's early thinking about kingdoms was strongly shaped by his ecological research, but later versions were also heavily influenced by concepts in cell biology. This historical episode provides… CONTINUE READING
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