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Pages: 420

Language: English

Publisher: Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)

By: Richard Lydekker (Author)

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The Author, in his Preface, has exhausted the material for an introductory notice to this little work, for the scope of which I must refer the reader to Mr. Lydekker's own words. It is a significant fact that in the present day no author pretends to write a complete account of his subject, who does not take some notice of its Palæ:ontological aspect, and I feel myself very fortunate in having secured the assistance of such a well-known Palæ:ontologist as my friend Mr. Lydekker for this record of our British Mammalia, past and present.

Mr. Lydekker is not an advocate for the adoption of the Scomber scomber principle in zoological nomenclature. I feel convinced, however, that the absolute justice of retaining every specific name given by Linnæ:us will some day be recognised. Thus, in my opinion, the correct title of the Badger should be Meles meles (L.): of the Otter, Lutra lutra (L.): of the Roe-deer, Capreolus capnolus (L.): of the Common Porpoise, Phocœ:na phocœ:na (L.): of the Killer, Orca orea (L.).

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