From Wired Science:
A New Taxonomy Tries to Change an Ancient System
By Kristen Philipkoski
May 23, 2007
I quoted him in a story on Carolus Linnaeus, who’s 300th birthday would have been today.
But I couldn’t fit in all of the interesting stuff he had to say, so here it is:
I am part of the group that is putting together the PhyloCode. Whether it’s supposed to replace the “Linnaean System” depends on what you mean by that.
We are NOT proposing to replace Linnaeus’s classification/taxonomy—that’s been happening for hundreds of years.
The PhyloCode also is NOT proposing to eliminate the taxonomic ranks (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, etc.), which stem largely from the work of Linnaeus (though there are some supporters of the PhyloCode who also advocate what may be called “rank-free taxonomy,” which does propose to eliminate the ranks).
Nor are we proposing to eliminate binomial species names.
What we ARE proposing to do is replace the rules governing the names of clades (groups of species that share an exclusive common ancestry).