50% of world’s natural history specimens may have wrong names

Mongabay: Study found widespread mislabeling and misidentification of plant specimens. Too few taxonomic revisions over the years, and a doubling of specimen collections and herbaria could have resulted in these errors, researchers write. Study suggests use of remotely accessible digitized specimens, instead of traditional practice of expert taxonomists visiting herbaria to name specimens. Most of us expect museum specimens to be accurately labelled and meticulously catalogued. But up to half of the......

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