[Taxacom] melanogaster in the Economist

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Fri Apr 30 00:13:15 CDT 2010


This in a nutshell the conclusion of The Economist.

"Some commissioners do not agree: "This application assumes the public
cannot learn new words," said one. Luckily, there is no taxonomic police
force, so there is no obligation to abide by any revision to the name of the
famous fly. But if taxonomy wants to retain its relevance to the public it
might want to think twice before cutting the few ties that bind it to the
outside world. "


Donat


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Subject: [Taxacom] melanogaster in the Economist

Not to revisit the issue, necessarily, but here's the take from an  
influential outside observer.

http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm? 
story_id=16004390

cheer, colin

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