Get the namings right.

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January 26, 2013 by Doug Coutts

English: An example of a killing jar

Another career path I might have chosen has just been blocked by a landslip: I don’t think I’m ever going to be a scientist.

In news just to hand, scientists are pleased that the way they are classifying new species is getting faster because that means they’ll be able to name more bugs and furry things before they go extinct.

Up until now they’ve been worried that entire species will die out without having been identified and given one of those cute names like Splodgerosus farticans couttsii.  Modern technology has enabled them to work a lot faster so the just dead whatever it is will at least have an inscription on its formalin jar.

It would never have occurred to me that this was important.  But then as Joni Mitchell once said “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”  It seems the road to Paradise is paved with tiny wee gravestones.


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