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Why did Linnaeus equate the phoenix, the mythical bird, with Phoenix, a palm genus?

The real etymology is lost, I am afraid, but various speculations have been offered since antiquity and continue to this day. In Egypt the tree was known since at least 2600 BC. Egyptians already used ...
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When were cephalopods assigned to the taxonomic phylum Mollusca?

Ironically, Aristotle originally reserved the term "mollusk" (malakia) only for cephalopods and slugs without shells. So some of them were grouped with some other mollusks (as we use the ...
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When did they start requiring holotypes for species description?

As far as botany is concerned, the concept of type specimen and obligation of using one was introduced in the 1935 version of the code (the so-called Cambridge Rules). For zoology, surprisingly, it is ...
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