Holotype fragment (botany)

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Jan 12 13:01:30 CST 2006


Thanks for reminding me - it happens in paleontology all the time: a single
tooth or a single leaf!  And, if we do adopt something like a bar-code
approach to diagnosing taxa, perhaps a single bit of preserved tissue,
sufficient for extracting adequate DNA, could be designated the holotype.

Dick J

Barry Oconnor wrote:

> On Jan 12, 2006, at 12:23 PM, Richard Jensen wrote:
> >  ...Could a mammalian name be based solely on the left hind foot of the
> > animal?  Could an insect name be based on just the thorax?  Could a
> > tapeworm
> > name be based on a single segment?...
> Happens in animal Paleontology all the time! - Barry
> >
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