[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?
r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Thu Apr 15 16:36:50 CDT 2010
Is it just me, or will the real lesson be that identifiers (e.g.,
taxonomic names) that are designed to convey information on
relationships (i.e., to which genus a species belongs) are
fundamentally a very bad idea if our idea of relationship can change.
I think the bright kids at school will ask how on Earth did we come up
with such a fragile system?
On 15 Apr 2010, at 22:05, Jim Croft wrote:
> this name change is going to be the best thing that has happened to
> taxonomy since Linnaeus.
> from now on, every school text book that mentions the most highly
> studied organism in the planet will have to include an explanation on
> scientific names an why they sometimes need to change.
> bring it on!
> On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 12:15 AM, David Remsen (GBIF) <dremsen at gbif.org
> > wrote:
>> Some of my concerns regarding the ease of addressing this are:
>> 1. Most people who reference scientific names are not familiar with
>> the reality or the reasoning of name changes so wouldn't think of
>> looking up a name change
> [... yada yada yada yada deleted :) ]
> Jim Croft ~ jim.croft at gmail.com ~ +61-2-62509499 ~
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