[Taxacom] Homo sapiens

Michael Reuscher germman82 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 09:54:01 CST 2016

The type specimen (lectotype) of Homo sapiens is Linnaeus himself. This
designation has not much (if any) practical value, but is more of an
honorary status for the "father of binomial nomenclature". The remains of
Linnaeus still exist, but, for obvious reasons, they are not available for
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*Michael Reuscher, **Ph.D.*

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On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 5:04 PM, Thomas McCabe <tmccabe at suchwhat.com> wrote:

> I am an outside observer (medical) of biological taxonomy. I am interested
> in the taxonomy of our species, but have been unable to find a formal
> definition for *Homo sapiens* more recent than the one in Linnaeus’ last
> edition of *Systema natura*, as modified by Gmelin and translated by Kerr (
> *http://dx.doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.57940*
> <http://dx.doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.57940>). 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?
> Thomas McCabe, MD. tmccabe at suchwhat.com
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