[Taxacom] Binomial Nomenclature - was: "cataloguing hypotheses & not real things"
dlahr at ib.usp.br
Mon Sep 2 02:22:44 CDT 2013
Thanks Curtis, accidental is a great explanation.
As for not doing something just because the dino people do it, come on,
they cant be wrong on everything!
On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM, Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org> wrote:
> On 2013-09-01 2:58 AM, Dan Lahr wrote:
> > Not to mention how arbitrary it is. "Let's use two names. Not three, not
> > four, two. Just because." In my short experience I have never come
> across a
> > justification, if someone knows of it, I would love to hear it.
> That part is easy. Linnaeus started out with descriptive phrases, which
> were almost always polynomial. These consisted of the genus and a
> differentia, distinguishing that species from all the rest in the genus.
> This was effectively a diagnosis. As a mnemonic, Linnaeus put a
> single-word epithet in the margin. Others started using the genus and
> epithet, avoiding the long differentia, so that Linnaeus unintentionally
> created binomial nomenclature.
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