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2011-04-14 14:24:03

On Friday, scientists will join together at Yale University for a forum that could overturn the three century old method for naming newly discovered nature. Adventurous scientists who capture previously unknown fish, birds and other creatures, and others who work with fossils and microorganisms, say that they have an increasing problem in assigning accurate names to their subjects. Evolutionary biologists, naturalists and other thinkers from Yale and the Smithsonian Institution in...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.