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Re: T-J Extinction event article (more media errors?)



In a message dated 5/14/01 9:17:59 PM EST, tmk@dinosauricon.com writes:

<< But less irksome in the long run. It would be far easier to check for
 preoccupied names, to look up particulars on any given name, etc. And
 registration is not a mammoth task, anyway. You go to a webpage and fill
 out a few forms. It'd take you about 5-15 minutes per taxon, which is
 minuscule compared to the amount of time spent writing the paper. I think
 the benefits outweigh the time spent registering. A database with the
 definition, citation, etc. of every single formal taxon! Think of it! >>

This is a utopian vision. The reality is likely to be much more sordid. Not 
to mention that there is already an organization (Zoological Record, BIOSIS, 
2100 Arch St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103â1399) to which one may simply send copies of one's 
taxonomic papers without having to fill out forms and do other irritating 
bureaucratic things, and they will take care of entering the new names into 
their database. Indeed, in most instances one doesn't even have to send them 
copies of the papers, since they scan practically all the journals already.