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Why has the term “natural history” been used to denote the study of nature, and more recently, of life?

Why has the term “natural history” been used to denote the study of nature, and more recently, of life?


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The term "natural history" is a translation of the Latin phrase historia naturalis meaning "the story of nature". Nowadays denoting the study of life, it originally also covered astronomy.

Why has there been the notion of "story" here, even in studies that by themselves have taken the form of the classification of collections using a principally synchronic approach that has paid little attention either to changes that organisms experience during their lifetimes or to evolution?