The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names

John Wright


Latin names--frequently unpronounceable, all too frequently flawed and continuously a tiny puzzle to unravel--have been demanding the layman seeing that they first grew to become formalized as clinical phrases within the eighteenth century.

Why on the earth has the completely land-loving jap Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been referred to as Senecio squalidus--‘dirty outdated man’? What have been naturalists pondering once they known as a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such asChloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, good gorilla)?

The Naming of the Shrew will unveil those mysteries, exploring the heritage, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists occasionally get issues so extraordinarily improper. With splendidly witty sort and desirable narrative, this booklet will make you spot Latin names in a complete new light.

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