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Re: Zootaxa iguanodont paper
Actually, the issue is partly why species delimitation was restricted under the
Strickland code to professionals: every garden breeder was naming plant
varieties as new species in the gardening journals. See
McOuat, Gordon R. (2001), 'Cataloguing power: delineating 'competent
naturalists' and the meaning of species in the British Museum', The British
Journal for the History of Science, 34, 1-28.
On 07/06/2010, at 9:28 AM, David Marjanovic wrote:
>> species do not last long. It is now known that the species of
>> centrosaurs, chasmosaurs, corythosaurs, lambeosaurines were limited
>> to distinct levels of the Dinosaur Park formation. Before referring
>> specimens to a known species it must be first demonstrated they are
>> from the same level of a formation as the type.
> All this depends on which species concept you pick. For instance, if your
> concept is purely morphological, a species can last forever if its body shape
> happens not to change "enough".
> Unfortunately, most people don't even consciously pick only one species
> concept, let alone actually write down which one they've chosen. And the ICZN
> pretends the entire issue doesn't exist... indeed, it's founded (Strickland
> et al. 1842, 1843) on the view that this vagueness is a feature rather than a
John Wilkins, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Bond Uni
Associate, Philosophy, University of Sydney
"Correlation doesn't imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows
suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing 'look over there'."