Re: hominid time-line?

James Murphy (jmurphy@MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 25 Jan 1995 00:24:00 -0500

> Rohrlich writes:
> "...It is my impression that the Neanderthals, or Homo
> Sapiens, in the Near East may have mingled with Homo Sapiens Sapiens; in
> other words, H.S. in that area looked like H.S.S."

> Read writes:

> I don't want to be picky, but the nomenclature, Homo sapiens sapiens, refers
> to a group of organisms who consitute a subspecies of the
> species Homo sapiens--the taxon Homo sapiens sapiens contrasts with Homo
> sapiens neanderthalensis. Thus (and here I am only referring to the taxon
> labels, not whether the labels also correctly identify an empirical reality)
> for the time frame in which "neanderthals" existed, the taxonomic labeling
> asserts that the species, Homo sapiens, is made up of two subspecies, Homo
> sapiens sapiens and Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. So it doesn't make sense
> to talk about H.S. mingling with, or looking like, H.S.S.
This is not picky at all. To point out that Rohrlich should not capitalize the
species and subspecies portions of the taxa-- that would be picky.

Jim Murphy