[Taxacom] I'm furious over article: On typeless species and the perils of fast taxonomy

Frank T. Krell Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Wed May 11 09:06:43 CDT 2016

Rich wrote: "Ultimately, essentially all type specimens will probably be lost or destroyed (no preservation method is perfect -- the best we can likely hope for is that the preserved specimen remains extant for a few centuries)."

Given that we have specimens preserved (from Roman or Egyptian or even older times) that are preserved for thousands of years, I strongly disagree with your "few centuries". The problem is more in the political/administrative realm, but if Museum CEOs like yours resign before they can inflict severe and sustainable damage, then there is still hope.


Dr Frank T. Krell
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Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
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