[Taxacom] A question regarding attribution of the name Homo erectus

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 14:58:58 CDT 2018


By the way, there is some general background information on Dubois' finds
in De Vos, 2004, "The Dubois collection: a new look at an old collection",
available at http://www.repository.naturalis.nl/document/43875.

Regards  - Tony

On Sat, 20 Oct 2018 at 06:52, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> The name "Homo erectus" is often attributed to (Dubois, 1894) but some
> sources currently also cite the year as 1892 and 1893. Apparently Dubois
> published his paper "Pithecanthropus erectus, eine menschenaehnliche
> Uebergangsform aus Java" in 1894 although he had earlier (1892 and 1893)
> attributed the material to Anthropithecus (as "Anthropithecus erectus"), a
> fossil chimpanzee. (There may be more information in the German 1894 paper
> but maybe not; it is available on BHL at
> https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/42053756 for those who are
> interested). However it is not clear to me whether the original 1892 and
> 1893 usages were actually published in a formal sense (they were possibly
> passing mentions in a report; there is also a facsimile of some ms notes
> from 1893 available on the web in which he changes the genus name for the
> first time).
>
> If anyone fancies a bit of sleuthing and can provide more information that
> would indicate the correct date for the first usage of "erectus" in this
> context for nomenclatural purposes, I would appreciate it.
>
> Regards - Tony
>
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees
>


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