taxonomy


V.19 No.40 | 10/7/2010
One (leather clad) corner of the world of rock classification
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Doogie Horner

Aural Fixation

The Taxonomy of Rock

In most fields of study there are systems of classification. Taxonomy, originally applied to organisms, helps differentiate between, say, an oak and a maple and an elm. Similar schemes can be applied to the humanities; hierarchies can be created within language, religion, movements in art, anything. This kind of classification is necessary because it helps those engaged in the study of a specialized area to communicate about that topic.

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