[Taxacom] Homo sapiens

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Wed Jan 13 17:18:03 CST 2016

On 1/13/16 3:04 PM, Thomas McCabe wrote:
> More recent publications of
> primate taxonomy in English available to me refer to Linneaus’ definition.
> Can anyone direct me to a more recent formal revision?
Most species, including our own, have no "formal" description outside of 
the original description. Given that we've only got descriptions for 
fewer than 2 million of the 10-50 million extant species, we've got a 
lot of work yet to do before we can go around re-describing things a 
second time. ;-)

That being said, if you were to examine the descriptions, in the 
paleonotological literature, of *other species* in the genus Homo, you 
are likely to find that when those other species are diagnosed, the 
authors may have listed certain features in explicit contrast with the 
same features as they appear in H. sapiens - you could accumulate a 
number of formal characters used to recognize H. sapiens, in this manner.


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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