Dr. Igor Ya. Pavlinov, born on March 26, 1950 in Moscow, Russia. His DrS dissertation was “Cladistic approach in phylogenetics and taxonomy: theoretical foundations of evolutionary cladistics” (1997). He is currently affiliated with Zoological Museum, Moscow Lomonosov State University (Russia) where he is a leading researcher and curator of mammls. His principal research interests are in taxonomy of mammals (mainly rodents); morphometrics, theoretical taxonomy and phylogenetics. His principal published scientific books are: “Systematics of Mammals of the USSR” (1998), “A Short Guide to Terrestrial Mammals of Russia” (2002). “Systematics of Recent Mammals” (2003), “Introduction to Contemporary Phylogenetics” (2005), “A review of Phylogeny and Classification of Gerbillnae (Mammalia: Rodentia)” (2007), “Biological Systematics: Evoluiton of Ideas” (2011). He also published several popular books on natural history including “The Wondering Animal Life” (2000), “The History of the Life on the Earth” (2001).