History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the AMNH ; no. 222

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dc.contributor.author Bock, Walter Joseph, 1933- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-11-22T22:52:36Z
dc.date.available 2005-11-22T22:52:36Z
dc.date.issued 1994 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/830
dc.description 281 p. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-265) and index. en_US
dc.description.abstract "The Standing Committee on Ornithological Nomenclature chaired by Walter Bock undertook an analysis ofthe nomenclatural history of avian family-group names. The primary results are (1) the establishment of a complete list of avian family-group names with authors, dates, and citations to the original papers, (2) discussion of problem family-group names, (3) an index to avian family-group names, (4) a historical analysis of avian family-group nomenclature, and (5) a historical analysis of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature as it related to family-group nomenclature. The second result is the basis for an application to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature to adopt formally the presented list of avian family-group names as the official baseline dated 1 January 1994 for all future nomenclatural decisions relating to avian family-group names. Third is the use of this historical survey of avian family-group names as a test case to demonstrate the suitability of regulations in the Code pertaining to family-group names in the absence, as well as in the availability, of full historical knowledge of family-group names in a larger taxon. It is shown that these regulations are not workable without a detailed knowledge of nomenclatural history, and because such histories are not available for most groups of animals, current regulations in the Code pertaining to family-group names are not workable. Lastly, recommendations are offered for modifications in the rules of zoological nomenclature to achieve greater continuity, stability, and universality of family-group names without the need for complete historical investigations of these names in each group of animals. These suggestions include establishment of stare decisis clauses and of base-line lists of family-group for family-group names for each group of animals"--P. 6. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher [New York] : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History ; no. 222 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QH1 .A4 no.222, 1994 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Birds en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Birds -- Nomenclature -- History. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animals -- Nomenclature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animals -- Nomenclature -- History. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. en_US
dc.title History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the AMNH ; no. 222 en_US
dc.title.alternative Avian family-group names en_US
dc.type text en_US


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    The Bulletin, published continuously since 1881, consists of longer monographic volumes in the field of natural sciences relating to zoology, paleontology, and geology. Current numbers are published at irregular intervals. The Bulletin was originally a place to publish short papers, while longer works appeared in the Memoirs. However, in the 1920s, the Memoirs ceased and the Bulletin series began publishing longer papers. A new series, the Novitates , published short papers describing new forms.

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