code compliance (was: TurboTaxonomy?)

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Wed Aug 25 09:35:42 CDT 2004

> On 24.08.04, Richard Pyle wrote:
> >>One of the shining examples of true, successful international
> cooperation in
> human society is the voluntary conformance of the world's biologists
> compliance with the Codes of scientific nomenclature.  <<

In regard to this observation, which I assume to be true in general, I
may have mentioned in an earlier posting the troubling question of
holotype access that I cam across in exploring the subject of human
origins. I learned that in two instances the discoverers of holotype
material were denying access to individuals who are seen to hold a
different view about the significance or that material. 

I had never heard of anything like this before in any other subject
area. Does anyone on this list have insight into whether this is a
widespread (if not common) practice? I understand (and perhaps someone
could verify) that access to holotypes is required under taxonomic


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