Why Do Taxonomists Write the Meanest Obituaries?

Season 1, Ep. 1

Nautilus takes a story from the magazine and explores it in sound. There are often lovely turns, interludes, and broader abstractions--characteristic of our innovative science media.

This story was originally written by Ansel Payne.

Taxonomists featured in this episode:

Frank Krell

Daniel Leo Gustafsson

Ansel Payne

Sarah Spaulding

Bill Weber

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