Request for Taxonomic date data.
Alan P. Peterson, M.D.
71500.726 at COMPUSERVE.COM
Mon Feb 15 21:22:38 CST 1993
To: >INTERNET:taxacom at harvarda.harvard.edu
I am investigating the temporal pattern of taxonomic activity.
This work started as the result of investigations of a database
I created from Sibley & Monroe's DISTRIBUTION AND TAXONOMY OF
BIRDS OJF THE WORLD.
I have investigated the data in many ways; a simple plot of
# of species described/year vs. year produces interesting patterns.
I have investigated a few other data sets
(e.g. avian genera erection dates,
dates of arachnid type specimens in the MCZ,
new world dragonflies, ...)
and wish to study to other groups (including plants).
TYPES OF DATA
Data sets with a minimum of 1000 records (greater than 3000 preferred).
I am particularly interested in taxa whose description spans the period
1790-1815 (where there seems to be a relative GAP in the number of avian
citations), but would be interested in hearing of any available
I am interested to know of taxonomic data sets containing citation dates
available by modem/email (compuserve or internet) or DOS floppies.
If you have or know of datasets that might be of interest please
Alan P. Peterson, M.D. internet1: alanpp at halcyon.com
POB 1999 internet2: 71500.726 at compuserve.com
Walla Walla, WA 99362, USA fax: 509.525.1326
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