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Over the years on Eight Forty-Eight, we've told you about the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the Encyclopedia of Danville, Illinois…and Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.

But today we take that exercise a step further. 

A big step further.

Some might even call it an evolutionary leap forward.

Today, a consortium of some of the top academic and scientific organizations in the world are joining forces to announce the creation of an encyclopedia containing all 1-point-8 million named and known species on the planet.

It's called the Encyclopedia of Life and is billed as an unprecedented global biodiversity initiative.

The Field Museum and the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation are two of the key institutions at the heart of the effort.

Mark Westneat is with the Field Museum and he joins us by phone.

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