[Taxacom] Binomial Nomenclature - was: "cataloguing hypotheses & not real things"

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Thu Sep 5 12:56:06 CDT 2013

On 2013-09-05 5:57 AM, Ashley Nicholas wrote:
> By all means have rules to govern names but do not abuse these to govern what hypotheses should be accepted and which should not.

That's why nomenclature and taxonomy are separate endeavors. Saying that 
a species is a hypothesis is a very different assertion from saying that 
its name is a hypothesis. We can all hope that people unclear on the 
distinction will not be put in charge of devising the rules of nomenclature.

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