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Paleontologist names new bryozoan after his cats
For those interested in unusual etymologies and/or who teach taxonomy and
have a note or two about where names come from:
In the latest issue of Geology, a new species of bryozoan (significant as
the first definite Cambrian bryozoan) was described. The authors named it
Pywackia baileyi. In the etymology, they state "Pywackia (L.), named for
Pywacket (1992-), EL's tough, friendly white cat." and "baileyi (L.), named
for Bailey (1992-1996), a gentle, tawny cat."
Landing, L., A. English & J.D. Keppie. 2010. Cambrian origin of all
skeletalized metazoan phyla-Discovery of Earth's oldest bryozoans (Upper
Cambrian, southern Mexico). Geology 38:547-550. doi: 10.1130/G30870.1
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
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University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA