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Papers of Robert Jameson

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division


Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Robert Jameson Gen. 126



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Name of creator

Jameson | Robert | 1774-1854 | geologist and professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh

Biographical History

Biographical History

Robert Jameson was Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh for fifty years. He looked after the University's Natural History Collection and expanded its holdings immensely, and he explored and published in geology, mineralogy, zoology and botany, particulary in Scotland. He also presided over the Wernerian Natural History Society and edited the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Notes consists of:

  • Zoology monograph draft pages, and extracts of other people's work (sometimes without citation), starting with notes on tunicate animals, and eventually including the radiates, the infusoria, the 'montremata', cetacea, and mammals (rodents, the kangaroo).
  • Notes on special topics include nutrition, growth, teeth, the tongues, the eye, the skeleton, tissue systems (from M.H.D. de Blainville).
  • Mixed papers consider the slug, the mole, the sea unicorn, polyps, batrachid reptiles, the locust, the giraffe, and the difference between vegetables and animals.
  • Other papers discuss univalve and bivalve shelled animals, cirrepedes, how 'annelides' lay eggs, Welsh natural history (by M.R.P. Lesson), and numerous pieces on the distribution of animal populations.




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