[Taxacom] Somewhat OT, was Re: New species of the future

Michael A. Ivie mivie at montana.edu
Wed Oct 30 15:40:48 CDT 2013

The reason that important people involved in science (those who allocate 
money and make hiring decisions) think taxonomists are not important and 
unworthy of support is that they think we will waste a hundred posts 
dithering on about the ridiculous issue of ending a name with "a" or 
"us" in various versions of a dead language that has no connection at 
all to actual science.  Maybe they are right? Twenty years from now, 
this conversation will be properly understood as ridiculous.  Get an 
identifier on a taxon, make sure is it unique, and leave it be.  No one 
(in the statistical sense) in the biochem department cares (and they 
have funding for a reason).



Michael A. Ivie, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.

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