Taxonomy can sometimes seem rather quaint, with the texture of old glass-fronted cabinets in which an eighteenth-century naturalist might set his seashells. Taxonomists debate in whispers about whether a shrub represents a new species, a new tribe, a new infraorder, a new subclass.
But then he wrote:
Taxonomy has also seen some of the most furious clashes in the recent history of biology.
That's more like it!
Taxonomists are like everybody else. If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you sink our taxa do we not
I'm just saying.