So much for nomenclatural stability

W.Wuster w.wuster at BANGOR.AC.UK
Tue Mar 8 12:11:12 CST 2005

Matt Buys wrote:
> For those of you who may be interested, Turkey plans to change the latin
> names of three animals found on its territory to remove references to
> Kurdistan or Armenia.
>

Since nomenclature is governed by the rules of the ICZN and biological 
evidence, and not the Turkish Government, this strikes me as rather 
analogous to the legislature that once decreed pi to be 4. Saying that 
it is so doesn't make it so...


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