So much for nomenclatural stability

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Mar 8 07:31:12 CST 2005

on 2005-03-08 04:00 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.

Two of the changes are "enforced" taxonomic circumscription--dropping
the subspecies on the fox, and submerging the subspecies on the deer.

"The government-in-exile of Constantinople has decreed that henceforth
the large American gallid known as 'turkey' will be called Byzantine
Fowl, lest anyone believe that the Turkish people once inhabited its
native range."

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