A botanist asks: type specimen for Homo sapiens?

Ron at Ron at
Wed Jun 16 14:13:44 CDT 2004

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From: Matt Buys
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Subject: A botanist asks: type specimen for Homo sapiens?


Bill Bryson in his "Short history of everything" states that there is
to date no type specimen for H. sapiens. Is this true?



I just scanned over the current edition of the ICZN as I know there is a
brief remark there re the type of Homo.   I thought I had it underlined -
but I guess not.   My recollection is that it is under an "example" and that
it says as a parenthetical remark ("even though there may not be a type for
the latter genus [Homo]").    If someone else here can find the exact quote,
and context, please post it.    My understanding is that there is no type.

Ron Gatrelle

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