Wed May 27 14:12:41 CDT 1998

Dear Taxonomists of any Reign

I have read with interest the Draft of the future BioCode and it seemed
to me interesting and useful, as a whole.

One point, however, looks rather illogical - but is said subject to
discussion ("not regarded as an actual target"), namely the starting point
of the Code: 1st January 2000. Why choosing such a banal, trivial date?
Waiting one year more - namely 1st January 2001, the starting point
would be simultaneously the 1st day of the 3rd millennium and the 1st
day of the XXIst century. Not more exciting?

Paul Dessart,
Chef honoraire de la Section Insectes et Arachnomorphes
a l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique,
29, rue Vautier,
B-1000 Bruxelles, Belgique

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