Dear Ross and all,
In the latest version of the Code is written:
"Following the publication of the 10th edition of the Systema Naturae by
Linnaeus in 1758, and his adoption in it of binominal names for species of
animals, the next century saw the new system expanded and developed in
different places, and in different ways for different animal groups. By the
second quarter of the 19th century disparate usages were common and the
need for an agreement to achieve universality in the scientific names of
anbimals and a greater stability had become aparent everywhere. (..)" (pp.
In 1842 the so-called Strickandian Code was presented in England. It's
official title was:
"Series of Propositions for Rendering the Nomenclature of Zoology Uniform
and Permanent". It was also published in France, Italy and the United
States of America later in the 1840s. It was revised in succeeding years,
and was the basis of yet another Code, formulated by Henri Douvillé in
It that same year there was there was an international congress of geology
in Paris, and later in Bologna (Italy), it became clear that there was need
for formal agreement on rules applicable for fossil and extant animals.
At the first Internationla Congress of Zoology in Paris, 1889, rules, in
part, were adopted. At the third Congress (Leiden, the Netherlands, 1895) a
commission was appointed to formulate a "Codex" to report tio the fourth
Congress (Cambridge, England, 1898). This commission could be regarded as
the first International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. Of course
there were many new versions of what was ultimately to be come the present
> Van: Ross Mayhew <rmayhew@NS.SYMPATICO.CA>
> Aan: CONCH-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Onderwerp: Thanks, guys! - and one more Early Malacology question.
> Datum: vrijdag 16 juni 2000 3:43
> Thanks Andrew and Gijs and Helmut and Lynn and Bob and Ted and Carol and
> Alice - i knew i could count on you!
> One further question on early "modern" taxonomy: how long did it take
> for the Linnean taxonomic system to become "firmly established"?? Did
> this process take place at similar rates in different disciplines? When
> was the process more-or-less complete for all life-forms (or at least
> the taxonomists who describe and classify them!)?
> Getting summer at last up here - all the way up to 72 today, which is
> great swimming weathe - if one could find the time!! (on the other hand,
> my thermometer read 37 F two nights ago in the "wee hours"!),