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The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

By: Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins and Michael Grayson

574 pages, no illustrations

Johns Hopkins University Press

Hardback | Nov 2009 | #181056 | ISBN-13: 9780801893049
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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 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.

&i;"Anyone interested in mammalian nomenclature will want this book."&o;
- Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report.

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Bo Beolens is the founder of the Disabled Birders Association, a columnist for Birds Illustrated, and the coauthor, with Michael Watkins, of Whose Bird? Michael Watkins is a retired chartered shipbroker and an amateur ornithologist. Michael Grayson worked for many years at the British Library in London and is a lifelong amateur zoologist.

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