“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

Why do Living things have a Latin Name?

Most plants and animals have
popular names that can vary from place to place. So a name needed to be given that would be recognized everywhere. It was decided to use Latin for the scientific names, as it was the language used centuries ago by learned people. Carl Linnaeus was the man who established the modern scientific method for naming plants and animals.

Scientific names are in two parts. The first part is the generic name, which describes a group of related living things. The second name is the specific name, which applies only to that living thing. This specific name may describe the living thing or could include the name of the person who discovered it.


The Latin name for a human is Homo sapien, meaning ’thinking man’, A fossil from Homo, or man, is How; habillis ( tool-using man)

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