[Taxacom] More on Linnaeus

Robin Leech releech at telus.net
Thu Sep 5 09:19:33 CDT 2013

And then Henny Penny said, 

"The sky is falling."

So all the animals hid in a cave, and 
when the sky did not fall on them when 
they came out of the cave, there was 
great rejoicing.

Come on, guys, give it a break, eh?


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Paul van
Sent: September-05-13 2:08 AM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
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).

From: "Curtis Clark" <lists at curtisclark.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2013 5:25 AM

> I believe Stafleu would disagree, since the epithet was an afterthought.

The epithet was not so much an afterthought as it was an independent device
to find species quickly. It was a mnemonic / typographical device, and as
such not unusual, but rather quite traditional. It is the use to which these
epithets were put that was new, being combined with the generic name to
become a two-part species name.


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