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Final General Assembly: The Renaming of Homo sapiens

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Abstract:

This section deals with the renaming of homo sapiens. Escherichia coli first shares certain of the committee deliberations that touched on broader considerations and implications. Most prokaryotes have names that indicate a particular talent each displays for performing certain tasks. Names that carry a suffix of phaga (‘to eat’), vorans (the act of ‘devouring’), or faciens (‘doing, making, or causing to be made’) generally are accepted. The Human Taxonomy Committee decided against any attempt to change the genus name Homo. The name sapiens means ‘wise’ or ‘sage.’ Although it was agreed among the committee members that humans possess consciousness and have abilities for high-level thinking and reason, considerable discussion ensued as to whether modern man is truly ‘wise’ (or has ever been). Moraxella lacunata proposes the name Homo bilacunatus, Flavobacterium multivorum offers Homo multivocali, Homo heterotrichoides, Escherichia coli proposes Homo heterotrichoide, and Streptococcus agalactiae suggests Homo aflugiali.

Citation: Koneman E. 2002. Final General Assembly: The Renaming of Homo sapiens, p 164-192. In The Other End of the Microscope. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818029.ch7
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