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Jan
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comment Binomial nomenclature: Why am I seeing different genera with the same species name?
And then there are cases when completely different organisms have the exact same genus and specific epithet, such as Orestias elegans Ridl. and Orestias elegans Garman, 1895.
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answered Why aren't plants' roots as diverse as leaves?
Dec
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answered Why have parasites not evolved to be harmless?
Nov
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answered How much genomic variation one usually find within a given bacterial species?
Nov
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comment How do I read a species description that uses both ≡ (triple bar) and “incl.” to denote synonymy?
I'm afraid I have no idea! If I had to guess, I'd guess that "A: incl. B" means that all individuals associated with the name B are considered by the taxonomist to belong to their circumscription of name A, without the requirement that they share a homonym. In some cases, it looks like B is a subspecies or variety, suggesting that these should be subsumed into A and not considered a separate entity. I'd hoped someone more knowledgeable would chime in but since that hasn't happened yet, here's my somewhat-informed guess!
Nov
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answered How do I read a species description that uses both ≡ (triple bar) and “incl.” to denote synonymy?
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Jul
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comment Why do chickens not try to get up if laid on their backs?
Sharks do the same thing! I'd link to the Wikipedia article on tonic immobility (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonic_immobility).
Jul
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comment Application of Latin names for Taxonomy
Goniotrichum is a genus name, which are usually singular nouns -- a name like Homo sapiens means "[a] sapient [adjective] Human [noun]". IMO you would refer to "Goniotrichum species", rather than "Goniotrichums".
Jul
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comment How many animal species are larger than humans?
EOL knows about (268 species of mammals with a mass >= 80.7kg)[eol.org/… and (5,701 species of mammals with a mass <= 80.7kg)[eol.org/…
Jul
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answered Application of Latin names for Taxonomy
Jun
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comment If dinosaurs could have feathers, would they still be reptiles?
I believe the "velociraptors" from Jurassic Park are really Deinonychus, not Velociraptor (the dinosaur on the right). Great point about them having feathers, though!
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Jun
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comment How much heat can a human sustain?
AFAIK the main difference in steam's behavior comes from "latent heat", in which the energy absorbed by the liquid as it changes into gas is released when it changes back into a liquid. But that'll only happen above 100 deg C -> scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=1322
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Jun
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answered Why do insects avoid being on their back?
Jun
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answered Which tree's root can grow the longest?