Irradiated by LabRat
The opening paragraph of this post by John Hawks, paleoanthropology blogger extraordinaire, manages to distill basically everything I love about science and scientists into a few sentences.
Here in paleoanthropologyland, we are often subject to the whims of the nomenclatura. These folks come up with new “logical” ways to name things, and we either have to adopt the new name or risk looking like outmoded dorks. That’s more or less what has done in the term “hominid” — if you’re “with it”, you call them “hominins” instead (of interest may be my 2005 review of the hominid-hominin problem).
I doubt this will be half as delightful to you as it was to me if you aren’t of a very certain temperament, but I got a very thorough giggle out of it…