Progress..

According to Webster: prog·ress, 1. Movement, as toward a goal; advance. 2. Development or growth: 3. Steady improvement, as of a society or civilization: A ceremonial journey made by a sovereign through his or her realm.

As Americans, we live in a society sophisticated enough to have developed the capacity to send our voices and our images around the world in stereo and living color without wires. We have also built vehicles that have carried us into outer space, and to the moon and back. However when it comes to our most personal selves, we fall so short of maturity that is ridiculous. Regardless of our level of intellect or education, when it comes to discussing our reproductive parts, the current most popular nomenclature used by grown men, is “my junk.” As opposed to women, who in general, being somewhat more inventive and imaginative than men, will assigned designations from, “my who-who,” to “my coochy, coochie.” Possibly an adequate legacy for brine shrimp, but not for someone of the genus Homo sapiens.

Homo is the genus that includes modern humans and species closely related to them. The genus is estimated to be about 2.3 to 2.4 million years old, evolving from australopithecine ancestors with the appearance of Homo habilis. Specifically, H. habilis is assumed to be the direct descendant of Australopithecus garhi which lived about 2.5 million years ago. However in May 2010, H. gautengensis was discovered, a species believed to be even older than H. habilis.

The most salient physiological development between the two species is the increase in cranial capacity, from about 450 cc (27 cu in) in A. garhi to 600 cc (37 cu in) in H. habilis. Within the Homo genus, cranial capacity again doubled from H. habilis through H. Ergaster or H. Erectus to H. heidelbergensis by 0.6 million years ago. The cranial capacity of H. heidelbergensis overlaps with the range found in modern humans.

The advent of Homo was thought to coincide with the first evidence of stone tools (the Oldowan industry), and thus by definition with the beginning of the Lower Palaeolithic; however, recent evidence from Ethiopia now places the earliest evidence of stone tool usage at before 3.39 million years ago. The emergence of Homo coincides roughly with the onset of Quaternary glaciation, the beginning of the current ice age.

All species of the genus except Homo sapiens (modern humans) are extinct. Homo neanderthalensis, traditionally considered the last surviving relative, died out about 24,000 years ago, while a recent discovery suggests that another species, Homo floresiensis, discovered in 2003, may have lived as recently as 12,000 years ago. The discovery of Denisova hominin, announced in March 2010, may reveal it to be yet another past species in the genus.

In biological sciences, particularly anthropology and palaeontology, the common name for all members of the genus Homo is “human”. The word homo is Latin, in the original sense of “human being”, or “man” (in the gender-neutral sense). The word “human” itself is from Latin humanus, an adjective cognate to homo, both thought to derive from a Proto-Indo-European word for “earth” reconstructed as *dhǵhem- The binominal name Homo sapiens is due to Carl Linnaeus (1758). (Source Wikipedia)

BINOMIAL…

According to Webster: binomial, – name, 1. A word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others:

Binomial nomenclature…

Binomial nomenclature (also called binominal nomenclature or binary nomenclature) is a formal system of naming species of living things by giving each a name composed of two parts, both of which use Latin grammatical forms, although they can be based on words from other languages. Such a name is called a binomial name (which may be shortened to just “binomial”), a binomen or a scientific name; more informally it is also called a Latin name. The first part of the name identifies the genus to which the species belongs; the second part identifies the species within the genus. For example, humans belong to the genus Homo and within this genus to the species Homo sapiens. The introduction of this system of naming species is credited to Linnaeus, effectively beginning with his work Species Plantarum in 1753. Linnaeus called his two-part name a trivial name (nomen triviale) as opposed to the much longer names then used.

The application of binomial nomenclature is now governed by various internationally agreed codes of rules, of which the two most important are the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) for animals and the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) for plants. Although the general principles underlying binomial nomenclature are common to these two codes, there are some differences, both in the terminology they use and in their precise rules.

In modern usage, in writing the first letter of the first part of the name, the genus, is always capitalized, while that of the second part is not, even when derived from a proper noun such as the name of a person or place. Both parts are italicized. Thus the binomial name of the annual phlox is now written as Phlox drummondii.

In scientific works, the “authority” for a binomial name is usually given, at least when it is first mentioned. Thus zoologists will give the name of a particular sea snail species as “Patella vulgata Linnaeus, 1758”. The name “Linnaeus” tells the reader who it was that named the species; 1758 is the date of the publication in which the original description can be found, in this case the 10th edition of the book Systema Naturae. (Botanists are not required to give the date). (Source Wikipedia)

Editorial: Thus it is my conclusion that “African American,” is not a “legitimate” binomial nomenclature when applied to an individual born in the United States of America.

An American is an American.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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