The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

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Just who was the Przewalski after whom Przewalski's horse was named? Or Husson, the eponym for the rat Hydromys hussoni? Or the Geoffroy whose name is forever linked to Geoffroy's cat? This unique reference provides a brief look at the real lives behind the scientific and vernacular mammal names one encounters in field guides, textbooks, journal articles, and other scholarly works.

Arranged to mirror standard dictionaries, the more than 1,300 entries included here explain the ...

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Overview

Just who was the Przewalski after whom Przewalski's horse was named? Or Husson, the eponym for the rat Hydromys hussoni? Or the Geoffroy whose name is forever linked to Geoffroy's cat? This unique reference provides a brief look at the real lives behind the scientific and vernacular mammal names one encounters in field guides, textbooks, journal articles, and other scholarly works.

Arranged to mirror standard dictionaries, the more than 1,300 entries included here explain the origins of over 2,000 mammal species names. Each bio-sketch lists the scientific and common-language names of all species named after the person, outlines the individual's major contributions to mammalogy and other branches of zoology, and includes brief information about his or her mammalian namesake's distribution. The two appendixes list scientific and common names for ease of reference, and, where appropriate, individual entries include mammals commonly—but mistakenly—believed to be named after people.

The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is a highly readable and informative guide to the people whose names are immortalized in mammal nomenclature.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Birdbooker Report
Anyone interested in mammalian nomenclature will want this book.

— Ian Paulsen

Journal of Mammalian Evolution
The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is a small treasure trove of information about the people whose names are immortalized in mammalian nomenclature. Given that we mammalogists are prone to ancestor worship, I expect it to be a best-seller.

— Don E. Wilson

Wildlife Activist

This is a great reference for the mammalogy professional or student, or the curious naturalist.

International Zoo News
This is a splendid book which fills a real gap in zoological literature.

— Nicholas Gould

Choice

This is a unique resource for the curious.

American Reference Books Annual
Useful and fascinating. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is recommended for public libraries and academic libraries, particularly those at schools with biology and veterinary programs.

— Megan W. Lowe

Reference Reviews
This is a fascinating book—highly readable—I didn't want to put it down.

— Helen Ashton

KarlShuker.com

This comprehensive book is generously peppered with all manner of tantalising, fascinating trivia unlikely to be encountered so readily anywhere else... Scrupulously well-written, researched, and presented. Moreover, its contents guarantee that never again will a mammalian eponym pose a mystery, and will also provide countless hours of entertaining, educational browsing.

Quarterly Review of Biology

I suspect that there are few people interested in picking up a dictionary for 'fun' reading. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals should be an exception, however. Although it is intended as a reference for professionals and students of mammalogy, it will also serve as an enjoyable, nontechnical read for all curious naturalists or anyone interested in mammals.

The Midwest Book Review

The reference makes for fascinating reading and is a top pick for any serious college-level collection strong in herpetology references.

Birdbooker Report - Ian Paulsen

Anyone interested in mammalian nomenclature will want this book.

Journal of Mammalian Evolution - Don E. Wilson

The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is a small treasure trove of information about the people whose names are immortalized in mammalian nomenclature. Given that we mammalogists are prone to ancestor worship, I expect it to be a best-seller.

International Zoo News - Nicholas Gould

This is a splendid book which fills a real gap in zoological literature.

American Reference Books Annual - Megan W. Lowe

Useful and fascinating. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is recommended for public libraries and academic libraries, particularly those at schools with biology and veterinary programs.

Reference Reviews - Helen Ashton

This is a fascinating book—highly readable—I didn't want to put it down.

Russian Journal of Herpetology - Olivier S.G. Pauwels and Richard Wahlgren

Not a single page was boring to read.

Systematic Biology - David A. Morrison

I think that the authors are to be congratulated for the effort that they have put into these books, and for the apparent scrupulousness with which they have pursued their goals. An immense amount of research has gone into the work, tracking down obscure references and re-checking data from the original sources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801893049
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bo Beolens and Michael Watkins are the coauthors of the eponym dictionary Whose Bird? Michael Grayson worked for many years at the British Library in London and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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