SuperChuck: what kind of name for a little girl is Vectidraco?
OneFretAway: joseelsegundo: Daisy has dedicated her room to the study of animals and dinosaursSigh... My 5-year old daughter has dedicated her room to the study of princesses, mermaids, and fairies.When my daughter was four she not only correctly identified a pachycephalosaurus skull on sight in the Denver Museum of Natural History, but announced her discovery with perfect pronunciation of the species name. Now at age 12 she is more likely to roll her eyes at any discussino of science or nature and change the subject to how Justin Beiber is really more of a rapper than a pop artist.So, there's hope, I guess. Or something.
runcible spork: LockeOak: runcible spork: The DBS: Shouldn't the second part of the name start with a lower case letter? Vectidraco daisymorrisae.Yes, as per the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, species names are always lowercase. Genus names are always uppercase. It's astounding how many supposedly educated people, even those whose responsibility is to report this stuff in the media, make this error.It should also be italicized, and if you want to be very precise it should be followed by the authority.It doesn't need to be italicized, but it should be in a typeface distinct from the surrounding text. Hence, in an italicized caption it would be presented in roman. Or it could be underlined, etc. As for including the authority, yes, but not every time; but certainly when introducing it. Oh, and that may include the date as well. And be precise with use of parenthesis.
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