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The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle

The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836

Volume 1. Fossil Mammalia and Mammalia


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  • Published in five parts between 1839 and 1843, and reissued here in three volumes, this work showcases the zoological specimens and fossils collected during Charles Darwin's momentous voyage of discovery. Acting as the overall editor, Darwin (1809–82) enlisted a group of naturalists to assist with the task of identifying and describing the species. Each man contributed a particular section according to his expertise. Volume 1 comprises the sections on mammals. In Part 1 (1840), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist Richard Owen (1804–92) describes the fossil specimens. Darwin's introduction gives readers an idea of the geological time period during which the animals lived. George R. Waterhouse (1810–88), who had declined Darwin's invitation to accompany him on the Beagle voyage, identified the extant species for Part 2, which appeared in 1839. Of the sixty-seven plates of illustrations, many are presented here in full colour.

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    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108068178
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 32 colour illus.
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  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Fossil Mammalia:
    1. Geological introduction
    2. Toxodon platensis
    3. Macrauchenia patachonica
    4. Glossotherium
    5. Mylodon darwinii
    6. Scelidotherium leptocephalum
    7. Megalonyx jeffersonii
    8. Megatherium cuvieri
    9. Tesselated armour and bones
    10. Mastodon angustidens
    11. Equus
    12. Ctenomys priscus
    Part II. Mammalia: Geographical introduction
    1. Phyllostomidae
    2. Vespertilionidae
    3. Noctilionidae
    4. Carnivora
    5. Delphinidae
    6. Camelidae
    7. Cervidae
    8. Muridae
    9. Reithrodon
    10. Octodontidae
    11. Chinchillidae
    12. Caviidae
    13. Leporidae.

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    Richard Owen, George R. Waterhouse

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