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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bionomial nomenclature

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This is the perfect opportunity to explain binomial nomenclature, since this is the way many dinosaurs are referred to and people always mess it up, especially with T. rex. If you ever notice, in science they use funny Greek and Latin names that nobody understands to name organisms. The animal is referred to by its genus and species. It is written like this:


"Genus species" or "G. species" for short.


Also, a subspecies name can be added:



"Genus species subspecies" or "G. s. subspecies" for short.



The genus name is capitalized, and the species (and subspecies) are left lowercase. A period is used after the abbreviated genus and species names when applicable. Genus, species, and subspecies names should be italicized even when abbreviated. Though italicizing on the forums is a pain since Ctrl+I doesn't seem to work, so it's probably better to forget that. Anyway, the binomial nomenclature of T. rex is Tyrannosaurus rex (the genus meaning "tyrant lizard" and the species meaning "king," thus making "king of the tyrant lizards") and can be abbreviated as T. rex. Only T. rex is correct; T-Rex, T. Rex, T-rex, t. rex, and t-rex are all incorrect.

Here are some more examples (no dinosaur examples; don't know any of the top of my head):
American black bear = Ursus americanus -> U. americanus eastern black bear = Ursus americanus americanus -> U. a. americanus moose (elk in Europe) = Alces alces -> A. alces Shiras moose = Alces alces shirasi -> A. a. shirasi tiger = Panthera tigris -> P. tigris Caspian tiger = Panthera tigris virgata -> P. t. virgata


You get the idea. Hopefully some of you will now get this right. I doubt it though.
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jjfeu662 wrote on Aug 25th, 2013 3:09am

Not sure how the hell I got here, but well done :)

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UltimateGuizar wrote on Dec 23rd, 2013 3:49pm

jjfeu662 wrote on Aug 25th, 2013 at 4:09am :
Not sure how the hell I got here, but well done


Me too, I was looking for music but took a wrong turn somewhere! :)

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