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Re: "A Worrying Systematic Decline" by Lee

Jaime Headden wrote...
>  In the latest issue of _Trends in Ecology and
>Evolution_, Michael Lee takes issue with several
>annoying popularizations in paleontology, including
>selling off of rights to name taxa for funding...[snip]
>  i.e., If you pay for my research -- oh, say $1000 --
>I'll let you name this new toothy pycnodont fish....

    If somebody ends up sinking the fish into another taxon, can I sue?
Selling taxa names is a bad, bad idea.
Scientists can't afford to feel that thier hands are tied in ditching an
invalid taxon just because somebody paid good money for it.

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