Guide to latin names?

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Guide to latin names?

Post by Elen » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:48 pm

Hello,
I'm a 1st year undergraduate studying Applied Marine Biology, and I have terrible difficulty remembering latin names! It has been suggested to me that I should learn the meanings of names as I come across them, and I'm looking for a suitable book that would help me with the definitions. I don't know if such a thing exists, I have seen one for reptiles, birds and mammals, but that isn't really much help with marine organisms. I would be glad of any suggestions.
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Post by mcar » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:30 pm

Maybe you try if there are in amazon books.
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Post by Elen » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:33 pm

Tried Amazon, no luck. Only the one I mentioned and many, many plant ones! Thanks anyway though.

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Re: Guide to latin names?

Post by MichaelXY » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:55 pm

Take a look here. I do not know if they are good or not.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/105 ... root+words

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Re: Guide to latin names?

Post by MichaelXY » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:48 pm

This link may also be useful.
http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/courses. ... tsMain.htm

Awhile back, I actually compiled all the pages from the above site into a word document, but I did not post it here because I was unsure about a copyright violation. Maybe one of the mods has input on this.

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Post by Elen » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:08 pm

Ahhh, didn't think to look outside of Amazon UK! The "Dictionary of word roots and combining forms" looks good.

And if you're allowed, I would be interested in that word docment too :D Thanks so much for your help!

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Post by MichaelXY » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:15 pm

Glad to help :) You are right, learning Greek and Latin roots is quintessential in learning biology verbage. I found learning the roots really helps immensely.
If the mods give the go ahead, I will post the doc. It might fall under public domain rules, or for student use only.

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Post by MrMistery » Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:52 pm

I don't see why it would break copyright laws. In my opinion you can post it into the Biology Documents subforum
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Post by MichaelXY » Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:20 pm

Ok thanks. I posted it in the Doc forum. Hope it helps.

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Re: Guide to latin names?

Post by Darby » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:34 pm

It seems like a Latin translation dictionary would be the closest useful source - that's what the namers undoubtedly use.

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Post by MrMistery » Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:28 am

Maybe the namers know latin(and they don't use anything) :lol:
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Post by Elen » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:50 pm

Well the book I ordered is sort of a latin translation dictionary, a lot of Biology students (and teachers) have reviewed it and say its very useful, so hopefully it will help! Maybe next semester I wont feel quite as clueless as I did in the exams I've just had!

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