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Re: Suspicious impact craters and iridium layers?
Aidan Karley (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
<I'm shocked - searching "Tree of Life", I can't find any hits for "Bacchus",
until I trim it down as far as "bacc..." (when Yuccas, of all the non-party,
non-animals in the world turns up.). Probably an indication of my lack of
searching skills, not the baccanalian tendencies of taxonomists.>
Not sure whaty this is getting at, since paleontologists don't usually
involve themselves in drunken orgies. However, biologically, to get a hit for
names from Bacchus, you'll have to take an extension through the term bacculite
to get to invertebrates, such as *Bacculites*, so named for the resemblance of
its shell to that of the mammalian bacculum, which is named for the "priapic"
nature of Bacchus. (No such apparent honor to Dionysus....)
As for Linnaeus' tendency to use anatomy, "If the shoe fits...."
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