[Taxacom] Is "deprecation" a taxonomic term or informatics jargon has crept into taxonomic literature?

Dan Lahr daniel.lahr at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 12:40:45 CDT 2011

Hi all,

Out of curiosity, I've incidentally noticed the use of this term in
wikipedia as a description for names that are not anymore in use (one
example is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homoptera another is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wannanosaurus and check out the search
result for deprecated+genus

I do not believe having ever read this term in "off-line" taxonomic
literature.  Intriguingly, the definition of the term in wikipedia
itself is centered around obsolescence of software.

My question is could it be that informatics jargon is already creeping
into the taxonomic thinking and literature (yes I do consider online
material literature) or is this an isolated incident?  If this is not
an accident, how prepared are we to deal with the merging of
jargon/meanings/semantics from both worlds?



Daniel Lahr
PhD candidate
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
U Massachusetts- Amherst
319 Morrill Science Center, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

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