Why are all scientific names for plants and animals in Latin?
Somtimes the Latin names are so confusing and I wonder why they are given such names.
Although the vast majority have a latin root to their binomial species name, not all do. Latin was the dominant language of academia right up to the 20th Century. Once a convention has been established, it is very difficult to break with tradition. Because Linnaeaus - the father of taxonomy - used latin as his naming language, it just stuck!
However, there are exceptions to this rule.There are animals named after star wars characters (a trilobite called Han solo), there is a small snail from Fiji called Ba Humbugi, a beetle species called Agra vation, and a fly called Pieza Cake. Sort of lets you into a Taxonomists sense of humour!
Latin is a dead language so their won’t be any change.
There are a dozen different common names for the ‘cat’. If one person calls it a Katt and another person calls it a billi, how do they know that the other person is talking about the same animal? To avoid confusion, they use a dead language to make it very clear and universal that “Felis catus is the scientific name for cat and is universally known to everyone.
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