A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural History by William Swainson

By William Swainson

William Swainson F. R. S., was once known mostly as a zoologist, an ornithologist and a talented and prolific illustrator. He additionally had an enormous enthusiasm for looking and settling on new species. during this 1834 quantity notwithstanding, Swainson addressed the character of, foundations for and profitable pursuit of zoology. It argues firmly for the major value of taxonomy. Swainson used to be an ardent suggest of MacLeay's now totally superseded 'quinary' approach of category - even then a rather minority view. This sought affinities, styles and analogies between organisms, in an effort to determine God's order. greater than a trifling interest, such paintings was once of pivotal main issue to enterprising naturalists of the 1820s and 1830s - together with the younger Charles Darwin. It additionally reached Robert Chambers, whose 1844 Vestiges of the common heritage of construction used to be a big landmark within the improvement of the speculation of evolution.

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Merrett*, the first work that was devoted exclusively to the animals and plants of Great Britain. It is written in Latin; and although very curious in its way, is yet a very imperfect performance, for there are no specific names, and the * Pinax Rerum Naturalium Britannicarum, continens Vegetabilia, Animalia, et Fossilia, in hac Insula reperta inchoanis. Lond. 1667. c 2 20 STUDY OF NATURAL HISTORY. descriptions are so short, that very few of the commonest insects can be identified. ) While entomology was thus making a slow and painful progress in England, the science received a new impulse on the Continent from the experiments, as they were then termed, of two celebrated men, Goedartius and Redi: the one undertook to inves tigate the metamorphoses of insects, the other was chiefly occupied in tracing their vital functions, and both may be thus considered as the founders of zoological analysis.

Lond. 1667. c 2 20 STUDY OF NATURAL HISTORY. descriptions are so short, that very few of the commonest insects can be identified. ) While entomology was thus making a slow and painful progress in England, the science received a new impulse on the Continent from the experiments, as they were then termed, of two celebrated men, Goedartius and Redi: the one undertook to inves tigate the metamorphoses of insects, the other was chiefly occupied in tracing their vital functions, and both may be thus considered as the founders of zoological analysis.

Gardner, mentions some dried plants, destined for me. "— Linn. Corr. i. p. 178. D 2 36 STUDY OF NATURAL HISTORY. introduced a precision it had never before possessed. His object was to make known every natural production there discovered, in the most simple and concise terms; and to institute rules and forms of description, by which other objects, as they were progressively discovered, might be distinguished and registered in the same manner. In this he succeeded more completely than any who had then, or who has since, undertaken the same task.

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