On the Classification and Geographical Distribution of the Mammalia Richard Owen

ISBN: 9781108001984

Published: July 20th 2009

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112 pages


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On the Classification and Geographical Distribution of the Mammalia  by  Richard Owen

On the Classification and Geographical Distribution of the Mammalia by Richard Owen
July 20th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 112 pages | ISBN: 9781108001984 | 10.63 Mb

English anatomist and biologist Richard Owen (1804 92), who in 1842 coined the word dinosaur, published this book in 1859, the year of On the Origin of Species. He reviews ancient and recent studies of mammals in Western science before going on to present his own updated categorisation of the class. Owens eye for detail and range of scholarship are evident in this work, which is an extensive catalogue of mammals based on biological, geographical and anatomical characteristics.

It incorporates, among other things, detailed classifications and sub-classifications of genus based on dental structures, food habits and cerebra. Owens prose is lucid and precise and his investigations scrupulous, demonstrating the commitment that led him to become one of the foremost anatomists of his time. An appendix reveals Owens views on the hotly debated theories of transmutation and extinction proposed by scientists such as Lamarck, Lyell and Darwin.



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