Homo sapiens and illustrations as types
23274MJC at MSU.EDU
Tue Jan 2 23:29:00 CST 1996
Perhaps one of the early illustrations of Adam and Eve might serve as the
lectotype for Homo sapiens? Surely Linnaeus had in his possession a book
illustrating such a scene. Who could ask for a better illustration!
It depicts both sexes at the time of their emergence as species, and in
their natural habitat! :-)
On the other hand, if Linnaeus' remains are not available, did he perhaps
have a portrait of himself? If he considered the artist to have created
a good likeness, would this be sufficient to validate it as an illustration
of Homo sapiens?
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