Mammoth Memory

Why binomial names are in Latin

You will have noticed that the binomial names are in Latin. In the binomial system, Latin names are used worldwide so there is a common language, and no one is ever in any doubt as to what species is being referred to.

The first part of the name always starts upper case (begins with a capital letter), while the second part is always lower case (uncapitalised).

Mnemonic to show that the first word starts with a capital and second doesn’t.

At an airport in Latin America (Latin), the upper case was loaded into the taxi first, and the lower case was put in second.


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