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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Book

The Elements of Mammalogy

William RUSCHENBERGER

1845

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2016-11-02

Finished Elements of Mammalogy. Perhaps most interesting for noting changes from the past 150 or so years. Rabbits have since been separated out of Rodents. Trying to figure out the origin of the domestic dog was apparently a problem back then -- wolf? jackal? something else? One species or several? I think that's mostly been resolved to wolf now. Squirrel info was...suspect. An old notion was that squirrels would float across water on little rafts using their tails as sails. If this were so, I'm pretty sure I'd have seen photos.