“Encyclopedia of Life” to Catalog All Species of Life on Earth

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 9, 2007   View Article

Scientists announced plans today to put descriptions, pictures, video, and sounds of the world’s estimated 1.8 million named species on the Internet for free.

The effort, called the Encyclopedia of Life, will standardize the presentation of “information about the plants and animals and microorganisms that share this planet with us,” said James Edwards, the project’s executive director.

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