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  • n  all the plant and animal life of a particular region

  • Robert Hershler, a taxonomist at the Smithsonian Institution, has combed through the biota of hundreds of springs in the Great Basin region, including Snake Valley, and has .

  • Aldo Leopold in UNM Daily Lobo (registration)
    The conservationist Aldo Leopold described the danger of our hubris: "If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is...
  • Charles Wooley in ABC Online
    I certainly believe that Australians should be patriotic about our special landscape and its biota, its plants and its animals and that what is happening in Tasmania and to some extent in the forests of Gippsland is appalling,said Mr Wooley....
  • Ernst Mayr in Discovery Institute (blog)
    As leading evolutionary biologist, the late Ernst Mayr, wrote in 2001, "When we look at the living biota, whether at the level of the higher taxa or even at that of the species, discontinuities are overwhelmingly frequent. . . . The discontinuities...

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