Paleonet: Homo sapiens
aidan_karley at mail.ru
Thu Feb 14 09:54:13 GMT 2008
"Jere H. Lipps" <jlipps at berkeley.edu> wrote :
> made an effort to designate E. D. Cope as a type, but this may have
> been more for publicity than a serious attempt.
Shocked! I tell you, I'm shocked that you should even hint that
the sainted Bob-ness might ever court publicity over serious taxonomic
> Others have
> accepted this although Stearns's words seem more to honor Linnaeus
> than to designate him as a type.
If my memory serves me correctly, both Craig Venter and his
competitor in self-effacement James Watson, have chucked their genomes
into the human genotype sequencing hat. Which for the molecular people
effectively means that they are well on the way to becoming (joint,
molecular) type specimens.
Looking at the idea from a different tack, in the late '80s or
early '90s there was an early effort to demonstrate the efficacy of CAT
scanning by both digitally and mechanically slicing up a particular
cadaver. (I can't remember if the digital tomography was by Xray or
MRI) Ah, got it - the project was called "Visible Human". There's a
fact sheet at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/visible_human.html
You may be able to access the project through a mirror site on
http://www.npac.syr.edu/projects/vishuman/mirror.html .. oh, hang on,
new version at http://www.dhpc.adelaide.edu.au/projects/vishuman2/
That project opens up (and illuminates as well) whole big cans
of annelids for what is meant by a holotype.
Aidan Karley, FGS
Written at Mon, 11 Feb 2008 23:43 GMT, but posted later.
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