Abstract

The study of Foraminifera is viewed as becoming increasingly more confused as a result of an increasingly provincial approach. The underlying cause of this provincialization is the proliferation of new taxa in recent years, many of which the author considers to be invalid synonyms. This process of proliferation feeds on itself, enforcing a more provincial approach as the description of taxa increases at an accelerating pace because of lack of communication between students of Foraminifera, the widespread tendency toward oversplitting, and difficulties inherent in adequately illustrating and describing Foraminifera. Several possible ways of combating this situation are discussed but all are considered to be impractical.

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