Interbreeding of Neanderthals & Modern humans

murray.fletcher at AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU murray.fletcher at AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU
Thu Oct 21 14:10:39 CDT 2004

Without regenerating discussion about whether a type specimen exists for
H. sapiens, it is only in the current edition of the code that designation
of a holotype is a mandatory prerequisite for validity. H. sapiens has
certainly been described in detail previously based on material that may
or may not still be extant. The name is therefore not strictly a nomen
nudum and retains its validity and priority. Whether it was a suitable
species name for a species behaving the way it does in the world today is
a question beyond the nomenclatural debate.


Dr Murray J. Fletcher FRES, LFHCfS

Principal Research Scientist, Orange Agricultural Institute, NSW
Department of Primary Industries
Director of the Collections, NSW Agricultural Scientific Collections Unit
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Rural Management, University of Sydney,

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