The study of biodiversity is relatively new. The word was coined by Edward O. Wilson in order to explain the biological living resources and wealth lost when whole areas of tropical rain forest were destroyed by clear-cutting and burning. Many, if not all, of these tropical rain forests were in remote areas, often in developing countries, untouched by modern civilization, and relatively unstudied by scientists. As a result, many of the plants and animals, especially insects, were unknown to... więcej
Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2021. 5p.