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Zoology Naming Rules Eased

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Science  07 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5450, pp. 26
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5450.26a

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The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature has released a new edition of its International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, a set of naming rules that first came out in 1905 and was last updated in 1985. The code now allows its users to make some time-saving changes and even begins to bring zoological nomenclature into the digital age. Still, a few researchers fear that the revisions don't go far enough in preparing the field for the 21st century.