Type of Homo sapiens

Wed Jan 25 15:57:24 CST 1995

Am I led to believe that the Type specimen of *Homo sapiens* is Prof
ED Cope (of dinosaur fame) despite Linnaeus's skeleton still being in
existence.  I thought that Linnaeus had designated himself as type of
the species by also being the Type of the subspecies *H. sapiens
sapiens*.  Could someone please enlighten me as to the reasons
why a partial skull has now been taken to be the 'elected' Type except
for the obvious publicity stunt value?

Neil Clark
Curator of Palaeontology
Hunterian Museum
University of Glasgow
email: NCLARK at museum.gla.ac.uk

Mountains are found in erogenous zones.
(Geological Howlers - ed. WDI Rolfe)
ÿÿ    Type of Homo sapiens

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