[Taxacom] Type specimen
barry_roth at yahoo.com
Fri May 17 22:25:22 CDT 2013
So Mrs. Linnaeus can't be the allotype? Awww.
From: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
To: taxacom <TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU>
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2013 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Type specimen
On 5/17/13 6:05 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> Actually, no! There can be no type series for Homo sapiens. Linnaeus
> split it up into named variants, which left no room for "typical" H.
> sapiens. No specimens qualify for type status. The availability of the
> name is unaffected, however ...
Homo sapiens sapiens is defined via all the descriptions (from something
like 5 pages of text) NOT explicitly assigned to any of his 6
availably-named subgroups; as such, even though there were no explicitly
included specimens, his own person is implied as the specimen so
described. This is the basic conclusion that David Notton has put forth
elsewhere, with the exception that he claimed Linnaeus was a lectotype
(which is impossible, given that there were no other included
specimens). If one chooses to claim that every human being Linnaeus met
during his lifetime was a syntype, then the same logic would apply to
every cat, dog, horse, chicken, sparrow, etc. that Linnaeus saw prior to
publishing. That's why the wording of 72.4 is so important; it does not
matter how many humans Linnaeus saw in his leftime, only how many he
included when writing his description - and since most of those were
described as variants, they are also (by definition) excluded. The only
specimen left to represent saapiens sapiens is Linnaeus.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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