History Main / TaxonomicTermConfusion

16th Sep '17 11:30:27 AM thatother1dude
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** Bugs himself is no better. In "Gorilla My Dreams" he claims his scientific name is ''Rodentus rabbitus''. [[FridgeBrilliance Being larger than a regular rabbit, wearing clothes, bipedalism, opposable thumbs, and being able to speak are more than enough to justify saying he's a different species or even genus from regular rabbits.]] ''Why'' his genus is named ''Rodentus'' is another story.

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** Bugs himself is no better. In "Gorilla My Dreams" he claims his scientific name is ''Rodentus rabbitus''. [[FridgeBrilliance Being larger than a regular rabbit, wearing clothes, bipedalism, opposable thumbs, and being able to speak are more than enough to justify saying he's a different species or even genus from regular rabbits.]] ''Why'' his genus is named ''Rodentus'' is another story.
6th Jun '17 3:05:04 AM irrevenant
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** In the comics he's a raccoon. In the film he appears to be an alien that just happens to resemble a raccoon. He doesn't even know what a raccoon ''is''.
4th May '17 2:39:10 AM Medinoc
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* The main character in ''Series/{{Prey}}'' claims in the pilot to have discovered a new species after analyzing a [=DNA=] sample with a 1.2% difference from a regular human. They later proceed to name the new "species" ''Homo dominants'', apparently unaware that you're supposed to use Latin for this. Actually, a 1.2% difference might actually enough difference to classify as a new species- ''if'' that group consisted of a reproductively isolated population. The "new species" from Prey freely intermingled with the rest of humanity.

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* %%* The main character in ''Series/{{Prey}}'' claims in the pilot to have discovered a new species after analyzing a [=DNA=] sample with a 1.2% difference from a regular human. They later proceed to name the new "species" ''Homo dominants'', apparently unaware that you're supposed to use Latin for this. Actually, a 1.2% difference might actually enough difference to classify as a new species- ''if'' that group consisted of a reproductively isolated population. The "new species" from Prey freely intermingled with the rest of humanity.
5th Mar '17 8:07:37 AM TheNicestGuy
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', calling Rocket a "rodent" is one of his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]]. He's a raccoon, order Carnivora; rodents are order Rodentia.
3rd Nov '16 10:02:43 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Cachalot'', a marine biologist refers to a newly-discovered undersea race as "the first intelligent invertebrates we've ever encountered". Granted, this wouldn't be an issue in some scifi series ... but ''Cachalot'' is one of the HumanxCommonwealth novels, where humans and thranx have been virtually joined at the hip for centuries. Did Creator/AlanDeanFoster forget that his insect-based thranx also lack an internal skeleton?

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* In ''Cachalot'', a marine biologist refers to a newly-discovered undersea race as "the first intelligent invertebrates we've ever encountered". Granted, this wouldn't be an issue in some scifi series ... but ''Cachalot'' is one of the HumanxCommonwealth Literature/HumanxCommonwealth novels, where humans and thranx have been virtually joined at the hip for centuries. Did Creator/AlanDeanFoster forget that his insect-based thranx also lack an internal skeleton?
27th Oct '16 2:00:05 AM SubbyP
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** Although some writers forget this, ''Homo sapiens superior'' does actually refer to a human subspecies with a single, quantifiable characteristic that ''Homo sapiens sapiens'' lacks--the emission of a certain type of brainwave (this is how Cerebro distinguishes mutants from baseline humans). Superhuman powers or anatomical quirks are very common among mutants, but they are not a requirement.
24th Oct '16 7:41:49 AM Prfnoff
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* In older works ScienceMarchesOn combined with LanguageDrift can come into play - e.g. prior to the last third of the 18th century, use of the word ''fish'' for "any exclusively aquatic animal" was quite acceptable. This could also be applied {{deliberate|ValuesDissonance}}ly for the works set in the past.

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* In older works ScienceMarchesOn combined with LanguageDrift can come into play - e.g. prior to the last third of the 18th century, use of the word ''fish'' for "any exclusively aquatic animal" was quite acceptable. acceptable, and ''bug'' once had no more specific definition than "monstrous creature." This could also be applied {{deliberate|ValuesDissonance}}ly for the works set in the past.
8th Aug '16 5:49:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', a doctor explains that the monster is actually a dead human whose organs were invaded by aquatic plants before they had the chance to decompose, and calls the result "a giant protozoa." Protozoa are single-celled lifeforms, being neither plants nor animals. "Protozoan" is the word for describing one in the singular.
* ''Film/TheFaculty'' contains this line: "We discovered a new phylum in biology class today; maybe even a new species." This makes no sense, because something in a new phylum would have to be in a new species. Probably the actor accidentally switched "species" and "phylum" around from the scripted line, and nobody caught the mistake.
* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', Alan Grant says that humans and dinosaurs are "two species separated by 65 million years." Granted, that line probably sounded great in the trailers, but you'd think a paleontologist would know better than to call dinosaurs a species.

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* In ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', a doctor explains that the monster is actually a dead human whose organs were invaded by aquatic plants before they had the chance to decompose, and calls the result "a giant protozoa." Protozoa are single-celled lifeforms, being neither plants nor animals. "Protozoan" is the word for describing one in the singular.
* ''Film/TheFaculty'' contains this line: "We discovered a new phylum in biology class today; maybe even a new species." This makes no sense, because something in a new phylum would have to be in a new species. Probably the actor accidentally switched "species" and "phylum" around from the scripted line, and nobody caught the mistake.
* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', Alan Grant says that humans and dinosaurs are "two species separated by 65 million years." Granted, that line probably sounded great in the trailers, but you'd think a paleontologist would know better than to call dinosaurs a species.
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* ''Film/BatmanForever'':
-->'''Dr. Chase Meridian''': Well, let's just say that I could write a hell of a paper on a grown man who dresses like a flying rodent.\\
'''Batman''': Bats aren't rodents, Dr. Meridian.
* Only three of the members of ''Film/KillBill'''s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are actually named for vipers.


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* In ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', a doctor explains that the monster is actually a dead human whose organs were invaded by aquatic plants before they had the chance to decompose, and calls the result "a giant protozoa." Protozoa are single-celled lifeforms, being neither plants nor animals. "Protozoan" is the word for describing one in the singular.
* ''Film/TheFaculty'' contains this line: "We discovered a new phylum in biology class today; maybe even a new species." This makes no sense, because something in a new phylum would have to be in a new species. Probably the actor accidentally switched "species" and "phylum" around from the scripted line, and nobody caught the mistake.
* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', Alan Grant says that humans and dinosaurs are "two species separated by 65 million years." Granted, that line probably sounded great in the trailers, but you'd think a paleontologist would know better than to call dinosaurs a species.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'':
-->'''Dr. Chase Meridian''': Well, let's just say that I could write a hell of a paper on a grown man who dresses like a flying rodent.\\
'''Batman''': Bats aren't rodents, Dr. Meridian.
* Only three of the members of ''Film/KillBill'''s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are actually named for vipers.
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8th Aug '16 5:49:14 PM Morgenthaler
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** "Germ" is a colloquialism for any microscopic pathogen, not a biological category, so might include tiny parasitic animals like nematodes or early-stage flukes.
8th Aug '16 5:48:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo "Let's name the species of the open seaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!"]] The "species" mentioned in Mr. Ray's song are actually ''phyla''.

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* [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': "Let's name the species of the open seaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!"]] seaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!" The "species" mentioned in Mr. Ray's song are actually ''phyla''.
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