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Peter Artedi's early observations of the spotted hyena and other exotic animals during a visit to London (1734–1735)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5511-3035
Number of Authors: 22023 (English)In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 410-416Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eye-witness accounts of a living “panther”, a leopard, two tigers and a hyena, appended to “Idea institutionum Trichozoologiae”, an unpublished manuscript on mammal classification by Swedish naturalist Peter Artedi (1705–1735), made during a visit to London sometime between early November 1734 and June 1735, are described. Interest is focused on his account of the hyena, which appears to have been the only modern source for Carl Linnaeus, who acknowledged Artedi in the first edition of Systema naturae. Evidence is provided to show that Artedi's account was accurate and original, having never had the opportunity to witness the animal previously.  

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2023. Vol. 50, no 2, p. 410-416
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Willem Bosman, Crocuta crocuta, Peter Kolbe, leopard, Carl Linnaeus, Thomas Pennant, Systema naturae, tiger
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-225759DOI: 10.3366/anh.2023.0869ISI: 001111542900012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85165239112OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-225759DiVA, id: diva2:1830449
Available from: 2024-01-23 Created: 2024-01-23 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved

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