How organisms get their names
JOSEPH E. LAFERRIERE
josephl at AZTEC.ASU.EDU
Sat Jul 11 05:49:34 CDT 1998
Ever have anyone describe the business of coining names for new
species as dull and boring? You can easily dissuade them with the
book I recently obtained and am willing to pass on. This is a
first-edition copy of
Evans, Howard Ensign. 1993. Pioneer Naturalists: The Discovery
and Naming of North American Plants and Animals. NY: Henry Holt.
It contains folksy tales of the origins of the scientific names of
dozens of plants and animals.
I also have
Cornish, C.J. 1907. Animal Artisans and Other Studies of Birds
Again, a folksy , readable approach to Natural History.
Make me an offer.
Dr. Joseph E. Laferriere
"Computito ergo sum ... I link therefore I am."
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