FW: Type of Homo sapiens

Petersen, Mary E. {ZMUC} mepetersen at ZMUC.KU.DK
Wed Aug 23 14:43:00 CDT 1995

Wednesday, 23 August 1995

Dear Taxacomers,

Re the recent comments on the type of _Homo sapiens_:

Assuming the following posting from 25 January 1995 is correct, Steam (1959)
has already designated Linnaeus as Lectotype of _Homo sapiens_.

Mary E. Petersen
Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen
mepetersen at zmuc.ku.dk

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Subject: Re: Type of Homo sapiens
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 1995 2:34PM

Edward Cope (1840-1897) is not the "lectotype" of Homo sapiens Linnaeus,
1758, by subsequent designation by Psihoyos 1994; he was not part of
Linnaeus's (1707-1778) type series.  Linnaeus himself was designated the
lectotype by Stearn (1959:4).

Literature Cited

Psihoyos, L. (with Knoebber, J.).  1994.  Hunting dinosaurs.  Random House,
    New York, 267 pp.
Stearn, W. T.  1959.  The background of Linnaeus's contributions to the
    nomenclature and methods of systematic biology.  Systematic Zoology,

Earle Spamer
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

spamer at say.acnatsci.org

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