[Taxacom] Taxonomic Fail Index

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 14:51:10 CDT 2019


At least one dinosaur genus is actually based on a chunk of petrified wood,
and Linnaeus included forams in Nautilus, for deep divergences.  It's not
clear what the taxonomic fail index would be in the case of pseudofossils,
where there is no phylogenetic connection between what someone claims the
specimen is and the actual identity.  Another hard-to-calculate case is the
spiral coprolite that was identified as a snail and as a plant structure.

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 2:50 PM Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Michael,
>
> I had to do a little googling to find out what the ^^^ you were talking
> about, but here it is, I presume:
> http://www.myrmecos.net/2010/09/09/taxonomy-fail-index/
>
> Does the "man who mistook his wife for a hat" qualify, perhaps? Probably
> not. however there are many fossils described as one thing that turn out to
> be something else, if that helps...
>
> So, what is your mysterious example?
>
> Regards - Tony
>
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees
>
>
> On Sat, 23 Mar 2019 at 04:55, Ivie, Michael <mivie at montana.edu> wrote:
>
> > Dear Taxacomers,
> >
> > Would 228 be a record Taxonomic Fail for something in the peer-reviewed
> > literature?  Not sure, but I think it is?
> >
> > Mike
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