rceng at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Jan 25 08:27:14 CST 2000
I'm glad that you posted this message. Otherwise, there would be a need to
defend the validity of systematic paleontology.
Ronald C. Eng
Geology Collections Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3010
E-Mail: rceng at u.washington.edu
On Mon, 24 Jan 2000, James Bergdahl, Conservation Biology Center wrote:
> Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 21:26:47 -0800
> From: "James Bergdahl, Conservation Biology Center" <bergdahl at WOLFENET.COM>
> To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG
> Subject: Re: synonmys
> The following statement appears to be incorrect. It seems to me a truely
> extinct species still has a valid name despite the fact the species no
> longer exists, such as the dodo.
> James Bergdahl
> CONSERVATION BIOLOGY CENTER
> PO Box 8317
> Spokane, WA 99203
> Email: bergdahl at wolfenet.com
> ph: 509 835 5233
> fax: call first
> cell: 509 999 1606
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Neal Evenhuis <neale at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG>
> To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
> Date: Monday, January 24, 2000 7:07 PM
> >>A species is never synonymized, a name is. It would be important only if
> >>"your" name was a junior synonym.
> >>If it is a senior synonym, it sticks.
> >Touche --
> >However, philosophically speaking, a species can be synonymized if it
> >dies out, say, due to human intervention. Then it becomes synonymous
> >with "extinct".
> >Like "dead as a dodo".
> >Neal Evenhuis
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