what is the purpose of having a scientific name and a common name?
asked Apr 16, 2012 by anonymous

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Common names are often more general and not universally recognized. They be different from language to language. Scientific names are latin based.  Because latin is a dead language and is not spoken it does not change over time as other languages do. It is very imporant that anyone using any lauguage can scientifically identify a species using it's scientific name.
answered Apr 18, 2012 by mshelton Level 3 User (8,500 points)
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