Is keying literally the deadest art (science) in biology?
I think I like the idea of keying as a career, or part time research position, but isn't dna coding making these jobs completely redundant?
I know I can google it, but I'm bumping your thread for interest. Wot is keying?
well we haven't named most of the insect species out there yet, so it's a bit premature to think anyone cares enough to sequence the genome of the ones we know of.
Also, while dna is an exciting thing and all, it doesn't tell us much about paleospecies which are still diagnosed entirely off gross morphology.
So not really dead. Still very much in use. Good luck finding a job doing it though.
ok smarty pants, a better example. http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20o?guide=Insect_orders
US, what you're talking about would here would be a research position which are fairly difficult to get and don't move very quickly in any direction if you manage to win one.
we've got a field researcher here that stops in sometime on /an/.
Vosh is studying spiders atm. Perhaps he can advise if he sees this.
It has to be used in combination with the genetics now. The problem with keying, especially with insects is that the morphology between species can be extreme.
Genetics also struggles. No one is going to spend thousands on checking the DNA of 10 similar species of wasp when their is millions of species.