[Taxacom] More on Linnaeus
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Sep 4 22:39:34 CDT 2013
Maybe L. didn't want to call genus 'family' because of the genealogical connotations?
From: Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org>
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] More on Linnaeus
On 2013-09-04 7:53 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> My understanding of what was in Linnaeus' mind is slightly different:
> The binomial system was analogous to the binomial system of people's
> names, where the genus is analogous to the surname and represents
> "family relationship", so classification did have everything to do
> with it (and this is independent of creationism/evolutionism).
I believe Stafleu would disagree, since the epithet was an afterthought.
> But there are far more species than Linnaeus predicted, so we needed
> far more genera and this required other categories to manage the
> genera effectively. The term "family" got hijacked for a suprageneric
> category, though it would perhaps have been a better term for what we
> call 'genus' ...
This was actually an important factor in where his students went with
his system. The issue is that special creation rules out a genealogical
relationship, so it created a tension that resulted (in part) in Darwin.
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