Taiwan's Newest Species Is Named After Same-Sex Marriage

October 15, 2014 12:07 PM

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Taiwan's Newest Species Is Named After Same-Sex Marriage

Aegista diversifamilia is a hermaphrodite land snail whose name means "diverse forms of human families."

It may be a small sign of social progress—one or two inches from eye stalks to digestion gland, in fact. But the fact that researchers have named Taiwan's newest animal species Aegista diversifamilia is laudatory: The name is a nod toward diverse families, including same-sex married couples.

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