[Taxacom] revisiting patronym auctions

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 03:37:04 CDT 2008

The answer to this will depend entirely on your world view and whether
you regard the specimen or the act of description as the foundation of
our art, and whether you you consider institutions as perpetual owners
of specimens or as transient custodians or stewards.

And a person's answer will probably be a fairly good indicator of how
they vote... :)


On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 10:42 AM, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:
> Now the question: what if, as is common for many legitimate
> taxonomists, some of the material (maybe even a holotype or two) used
> to describe these new taxa originated at other institutions besides
> the one where that taxonomist worked? Is it still perfectly fine for
> this taxonomist to keep all of the proceeds from the auctions, or do
> those who supplied material have a justifiable claim to a share?

Jim Croft
jim.croft at gmail.com

"Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality."
- Joseph Conrad, author (1857-1924)

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