Bad Examples

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Oct 11 08:22:06 CDT 1995

On Wed, 11 Oct 1995, Robin Leech wrote:

> Well, Judith, you do not have to look very far.  Look in Linnaeus' 1758
> Systema Naturae.  You will find short, sometimes less than one line
> descriptions such as (translated from Latin, of course) "small, brown
> with two markings on wings".

But then these were differentiae, not descriptions, and I am given to
understand that Linnaeus meant them to serve a different purpose (showing
"essential features").

Curtis Clark
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