Natural History and the Taxonomy of Nature - Dr. Kevin Anderson Lunchtime Lecture

Natural history involves careful observation, description, and classification of the nonhuman world. The practice of Western natural history traces back to Aristotle’s History of Animals, Theophrastus’s Enquiry into Plants and Pliny the Elder’s great 1st century encyclopedia of life Natural History. However, it was not until the 16th century that natural history blossomed into a discipline which we begin to recognize as “scientific” practice. Moreover, the 16th century blossoming was two-fold, both scientific and artistic. The naturalist/artist presented realistic images of the new world of nature being discovered as explorers traveled to new lands and literary natural histories were written exploring and inventing the study of local ecology. This new natural history formed the foundation of modern biology emerging out of the taxonomy of Linnaeus and the biogeography of Humboldt in the 19th century.

The full schedule for the 2020 Lunchtime Lectures is online at

Thursday, February 6 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Norman Hackerman Building (NHB), 1.720
100 24TH ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, Science & Tech, World & Culture, Campus & Community, Sustainability


College of Natural Sciences

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, General Public





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