Political taxonomy: Obama gets a lichen, a worm, and a carnivorous lizard

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9 Responses to “Political taxonomy: Obama gets a lichen, a worm, and a carnivorous lizard”

  1. Laura S. says:

    He also has a darter (a kind of fish), Etheostoma obama.

    • triscuit says:

      Here’s the link:  http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2012/11/29/all-the-presidents-fish-five-new-species-named-after-obama-clinton-roosevelt-carter-and-gore/

  2. terminaldave says:

     I like Obama, voted twice for him, but I think naming things after people instead of using their characteristics to derive a Latin name is doing an injustice to all things discovered and named during our generation… this generation of celebrity.
    The Cobra Lilly, Darlingtonia californica, is not named that way because of its very unusual shape, or its carnivorous characteristics, but instead named after a Philadelphian botanist William Darlington.
    In this age of scientific enlightenment, can we not leave shout-outs to the internet message boards…

    • SedanChair says:

      OK, thanks to you I just found out that the word “Darlingtonia” exists, and I’m truly grateful. But now you’re trying to take it from me?

    • Brainspore says:

      But honestly, how many latin words are there that really provide succinct and useful descriptions of lichens?

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Bring back the good old days where we named dinosaurs “Tyrannosaurus” because we found traces of fossilized absolutist government among their bones…

      Honestly, now that classification has moved (especially for still extant, or very well preserved organisms) into gene sequencing and phylogenetics, binomial nomenclature is either going to have to get itself some very long words, or be content with being little more than a ‘common name’ with some schoolboy latinisms thrown in. It’s just too short, and too unsystematic to possibly cope with the level of detail involved in classifications today.

  3. rocketpjs says:

    Of course, on the other side of the fence they tend to be named after less savoury creatures.

    Yog Palinoth.  Mitt Shuggurath.

  4. BillStewart2012 says:

    Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock?

  5. Brainspore says:

    Eat your heart out, David Icke.

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