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Revista chilena de historia natural

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WILLSON, MARY F  and  ARMESTO, JUAN J. Is natural history really dead? : Toward the rebirth of natural history . Rev. chil. hist. nat. [online]. 2006, vol.79, n.2, pp.279-283. ISSN 0716-078X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-078X2006000200013.

In recent years natural history has been derided by some scientists as an old-fashion endeavor that does not follow the model of "hard" science and therefore should be considered "dead" and replaced by modern ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology. We contend that natural history has much to offer to contemporary scientists and that it has a primary role in the creative process of generating novel hypotheses and designing significant field experiments and observations

Keywords : ecology; naturalists; biologists; basic science.

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