Still Counting: 20 Years of Species Discovery

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Still Counting: 20 Years of Species Discovery

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Still Counting: 20 Years of Species Discovery
Posted by Russell A. Mittermeier | 04.13.2011

http://blog.conservation.org/2011/04/st ... discovery/


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For 20 years, field scientists participating in CI’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) have been exploring some of the world’s most abundant, mysterious and threatened tropical ecosystems; to date, they’ve discovered more than 1,300 species new to science. In this post, adapted from his foreword in RAP’s new book, “Still Counting,” CI President Russell A. Mittermeier reflects on the history of the RAP program — from scientific breakthrough to terrible tragedy.
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"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky

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