“The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.

“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.

“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.


E. O. Wilson



Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is the proposed name for a freely-accessible, online collaborative bio-encyclopedia, written by experts, which aims to build an encyclopedia of separate articles for all known species, including video, sound, images, graphics, and text. It will be initially backed by a $50m funding commitment from five major science institutions, led by the MacArthur Foundation. <wiki>