在過去的12個月, 各地超過300個科學家命名了超過270個新物種, 包括動物、植物、真菌及礦物等等。
[Over 270 new species described in 2018]
During the past 12 months, the 300 scientists and researchers working for the Museum described at least 272 new species.
It's been a busy year for the Museum.
From dinosaurs to swamp eels, hundreds of new species of animals, minerals, plants, algae and foraminifera have been described by researchers.
By going out into the field, as well as cataloguing some of the 80 million specimens already held by the Museum, scientists have continued to add to our understanding of the natural world both past and present.
Researchers have described an astonishing diversity of species, both living and extinct - including new dinosaurs, ancient wombats and a giant shark.
Dr Tim Littlewood, Head of Life Sciences at the Museum, says, 'The Museum has been in the business of taxonomy and systematics since its founder, Sir Hans Sloane, was naming, classifying and organizing his own vast collections of natural history.
'Today, our scientists are still in the business of systematics - it is key to managing a natural history collection - but techniques have changed since Sloane's time. Advances in imaging, microscopy, biochemical analyses and especially molecular biology have provided new data beyond traditional morphology with which to differentiate or unite groups of organisms into species.'
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