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All (wrong) about Ida – great discovery or great misunderstanding?

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UPDATE:Thanks to the New Scientist Ida can now enjoy her scientific name formally and legally!

“Since I spoke to the ICZN about the name Darwinius masillae, the journal has come up with an emergency fix – they’ve printed out 50 copies of the paper. They’re on sale for $10 each from the PLoS offices in San Francisco. Apparently the commissioners are now happy and the name is now valid. Phew.” Agree – phew!


Well well, lat week we’ve all hear about the discovery of fossil nicknamed Ida – a skeleton which supposed to belong to the animal being a IdaColourNewTeasermissing link in human evolution. And all this right in 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, which we are celebrating this year. Cool, isn’t?

Unfortunately, Ida occures to be quite problematic girl. Fossil. Whatever. First, there are some strong doubts wheter Ida really is a missing link.

Later the Wall Street Journal has written that the date of the announcement of the discovery was enforced by the TV producers.

And noww, as the New Scientist’s blog “Short Sharp Science” reports, there are even doubts wheter Ida can keep its scientific name. Formally Ida has been named  Darwinius masillae, in honour of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. Paper about its discovery has been published in the online science journal “PLoS ONE”.

“But the rules set by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) require species names to be published in print before they can be formally allocated.” – the blog reminds.

the New Scientist


Written by Malgosia Minta

May 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Nauka

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