Fauna Boreali-Americana; or The Zoology of the Northern Parts of British America: Containing Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected on the Late Northern Land Expeditions under Command of Captain Sir John Franklin, R.N.

Fauna Boreali-Americana; or The Zoology of the Northern Parts of British America: Containing Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected on the Late Northern Land Expeditions under Command of Captain Sir John Franklin, R.N.

by John Richardson

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Fauna Boreali-Americana; or The Zoology of the Northern Parts of British America: Containing Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected on the Late Northern Land Expeditions under Command of Captain Sir John Franklin, R.N. by John Richardson

Sir John Richardson (1787–1865), surgeon, naturalist and Arctic explorer, went on Sir John Franklin's first two Arctic expeditions as ship's doctor and naturalist, and made observations and collected a large number of plant and animal specimens from the Canadian Arctic. On his return to England after the second expedition he began to write this four-volume work of natural history, first published between 1829 and 1837. A volume is dedicated to each of the classes of mammal, bird, fish and insect, which are found in the Canadian Arctic. This work is an interesting example of pre-Darwinian natural history, full of detailed descriptions of the appearance, anatomy and behaviour of the different species. Volume 2 was first published in 1831 and focuses on the species of birds found in the Canadian Arctic. It was co-authored with naturalist and illustrator William Swainson (1789–1855) and contains many illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108041683
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences
Pages: 698
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 11.69(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction John Richardson; Introductory observations on the natural system William Swainson; Preface William Swainson; List of authors; Raptores: Vulturidae; Falconidae; Strigidae; Insessores: Dentirostres: Lanidae; Merulidae; Sylvidae; Ampelidae; Conirostres: Fringillidae; Sturnidae; Corvidae; Curtipedes; Scansores: Picidae; Certhidae; Tenuirostres: Trochilidae; Fissirostres: Hirundinidae; Caprimulgidae; Halcyonidae; Rasores: Tetraonidae; Columbidae; Grallatores; Natatores: Anatidae; Appendices; Index.

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