London: Taylor and Francis, 1872. 1st Edition. No wrappers, as extracted. First edition of a classical paper complete with 10 lithograph plates by the famous English paleontologist, biologist and comparative anatomist Richard Owen. This paper is the first in a series of ten entitled "On the Fossil Mammals of Australia." NOTE: We offer other Owen papers separately, including almost all papers in his “On the Fossil Mammals of Australia” series.
Nototherium ("Southern Beast) is an extinct genus of marsupial. The type of material Owen discusses and illustrates is a fragment of a left dentary mammal had hypsodont molars. It was a relative of the larger Diprotodon and a distant kin to modern wombats too. It was hunted by megalania and Thylacoleo carnifex.
Owen “distinguished himself with his powers of organization and deduction. At the same time he showed himself to be a peerless anatomist with instincts for reconstruction almost on a par with the great Cuvier in Paris. He became such an expert on the anatomy of animals that he was granted first refusal on any animal that died at the London Zoological Gardens, and these he would invariably have delivered to his house for examination. Once his wife returned home to find a freshly deceased rhinoceros filling the front hallway” (Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, 88). Item #1349
CONDITION & DETAILS: London: Taylor and Francis. 4to. No wrappers as extracted from "Philosophical Transactions", 1872. Vol. 162, pp. 41-82. 10 lithographed plates. Complete. The text is clean and bright. The plates have some moderate toning. Withal, very good.