Labels taken from the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher’s diagram of Arca Noë of 1675. Kircher detailed a plan of the Ark in which scientific studies of the time were reconciled with biblical records. The Ark was classified into three floors: Ornithotropheion, Bromatodocheion and Zootropheion. Rhinoceros were arranged in O2, between lions and elephants.
Reproductions of the correspondence between Herbert Lang and Richard Tjader and others in relation to the Lang-Chapin Expedition to the Congo (1909-15) and receipt of specimens at the American Museum of Natural History. 5800 mammal specimens were collected. Collection housed at the AMNH, New York. The Congo Expedition: https://digitallibrary.amnh.org/bitstream/handle/2246/1587//v2/dspace/ingest/pdfSource/bul/B039intro.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
At the top of Dürer’s 1515 print is inscribed in German a description of the rhino based on Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia (AD 23-79). It includes the word “abconderfet” – as taken from the Latin imago contrafacta, meaning an accurate copy of an absent original – a copy that bears witness. As … Read more 2
In 1834 a male Indian Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros unicornis, was purchased by the London Zoological Society at the request of the anatomist, Richard Owen. When this rhinoceros died fifteen years later, the dissection performed by Owen led to the first discovery of the pedal or parathyroid glands on which much endocrinal research is based. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2818.1966.tb00576.x “In … Read more 1