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RE: meaning of scientific names



From http://home.earthlink.net/~misaak/taxonomy/taxEtym.html:


Raphus cucullatus Linnaeus, 1758 (dodo) "Raphus" comes from a vulgar term for "rump." The dodo's common name and former scientific name (Didus ineptus L.) are also perjorative. However, study of fossils show that wild dodos were sleeker and active; their modern image came from overfed obese captive specimens and/or overstuffed specimens.

Didn't have time to look for cucullatus, but I'm guessing most online latin/english dictionaries might be able to offer a source word.

Eric
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