On the Origins of the Quinarian System of Classification

  title={On the Origins of the Quinarian System of Classification},
  author={Aaron Novick},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • Aaron Novick
  • Published 1 February 2016
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Biology
William Sharp Macleay developed the quinarian system of classification in his Horæ Entomologicæ, published in two parts in 1819 and 1821. For two decades, the quinarian system was widely discussed in Britain and influenced such naturalists as Charles Darwin, Richard Owen, and Thomas Huxley. This paper offers the first detailed account of Macleay’s development of the quinarian system. Macleay developed his system under the shaping influence of two pressures: (1) the insistence by followers of… 
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