The Book of Life

Work has begun on a Web site called the Encyclopedia of Life, which aims to catalog every species on Earth.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM May 11, 2007

So far, scientists have named about 1.8 million living species, and that's just a fraction of what probably exists on Earth. With so many plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms covering the planet, it can be tough to figure out what type of spider is crawling up your leg or what kind of bird just flew by.

A soon-to-be-launched Web site might help. An international team of researchers has announced the creation of a Web-based Encyclopedia of Life (EoL). The project aims to catalog every s...

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