Kevin Kelly and the Long Tail of Life

Kevin Kelly has a great post on his blog The Technium about the Long Tail of Life. Discussing a marine census of species that seems to find new kinds of life wherever it looks, Kelly writes the following:

This suggests there is a long tail of life in bacteria, with a few species super-abundant, but many many species with very thin populations. At the far end of the tail there may be a billion species with only a few individuals.