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Gunther, Albert
Description of the Living and Extinct Races of Gigantic Land Tortoises, Parts I & II. Introduction, and the Tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Volume 165, 1875, pp. 251-284. GUNTHER'S FIRST SYSTEMATIC SURVEY OF GIANT TORTOISES, 13 PLATES]
Taylor and Francis, London, 1875. VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC SURVEY OF GIANT TORTOISES by Albert Gunther of the British Museum, complete with Gunther's 13 accompanying plates. In all, the volume, inclusive of Parts I & II of Volume 165, includes 68 plates]. Gunther was "the first to dispel the notion that there was only one giant tortoise species in the whole world. There are, he stated, two general populations of giant tortoise: one restricted to the Indian Ocean islands, the other to the Galapagos Islands. The morphological distinctions between the two populations are clear. Never again should the world's giant tortoise population be referred to under the single name of Testudo indica. [Gunther also stated] that within the tortoise populations of the Indian Ocean and Galapagos Islands, it was possible to detect a number of distinctive species. Gunter had divided the once all-encompassing nomenclature of Testudo indica into at least eight species, three in the Indian Ocean and five in the Galapagos" (Chambers, A Sheltered Life: The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise, 137). "Gunther's 1875 monograph was to be the foundation for a new era of research on giant tortoises. He had stamped out some of the myths that had been rattling around the scientific community for over half a century. Because of his careful observations and measurements, there could now be no doubt that the giant tortoises were more diverse and endemic than anyone, other than perhaps Darwin, had hitherto expected" (ibid). CONDITION & DETAILS: Complete. London: Taylor and Francis. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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