Vol. 70 No. 3 (2022): Names: A Journal of Onomastics
Book Review

Book Review: Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels

I. M. Nick
American Name Society

Published 2022-08-22


Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels. By Stephen B. Heard. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2020. Pp. 254. ISBN-13: 978-0-300-23828-0. $28.00.


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