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Why do living thing have Latin names?

Most plants and animals have local, popular names, but a system needed to be devised so that they were recognized everywhere. Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), a brilliant scientist, established the modern scientific method of ‘binomial nomenclature’ or two names, in which the first word was used to describe the genus and the second the distinguishing characteristic of a specific living thing, and perhaps the inclusion of the name of the person who discovered it. At the time of Linnaeus’ work, Latin, the language of science, was taught everywhere and was uniquely suitable for this system of naming plants and animals.

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