Handbook to the Museum of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

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James H. Slack
Academy, 1866 - 126 pages

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Page 30 - Maestricht ; the town was bombarded, but by the desire of the committee of scientific men who accompanied the French troops, the artillery was not allowed to play on that part of the city in which the celebrated fossil was known to be contained. In the meanwhile...
Page 91 - Dr. Steudel, Dr. Zeyher, and Mr. Brongniart. The Siberian plants were furnished by Mr. Ledebour, and those of India by Dr. Wallich, and Mr. H. Steinhaur. The Chinese collection was made by Mr. James Read. The plants of the polar region were collected by Captain Parry, and presented by Dr. Hooker ; an interesting collection from Labrador, was added by Mr. Kohlmeister, a Moravian missionary, of that country. The South American species were obtained chiefly through M. Von Martius, Dr. Huffel, and Dr....
Page 20 - ... pentremite, encrinite, and other fossils from the vicinity of Huntsville, Alabama. A series of fossil shells, illustrating all the formations of the Paris basin, was presented by Messrs. Keating, Vanuxem, M'Euen, Lesueur, and Pennock. A series of fossils from the oolite of England, was presented by Dr. RE Griffith. Mr. and Mrs. T. Say, presented a series of European and American fossils, chiefly from the eocene strata. Dr. SG Morton presented fossil shells, Crustacea, and zoophytes, illustrative...
Page 14 - ... the Society are held in the latter. . This brief description of the building will serve to introduce the reader to the several departments of the Museum. The collections are extensive in several departments, and, with very few exceptions, all are still in process of classification. The entire work of arrangement devolves upon the members, whose ordinary vocations permit them to devote to it only the leisure moments which most men spend in amusements. Only a few of them, a part of those composing...
Page 124 - ETEORITES are those solid fiery bodies which from time to time visit the earth, sweeping through the sky with immense velocity in every direction, and remaining visible but a few moments; they are generally attended by a luminous train, and during their progress explosions usually occur, followed by the fall of stones, to which the name of aerolites is given.
Page 14 - ... many thousands of objects which have been brought together here for the sole purpose of diffusing knowledge among our fellow citizens.
Page 120 - ... later date on the records of the Institution. In July, of the same year, $370 were subscribed by members to purchase Mr. Godon's cabinet ; but at the auction, Prof. BS Barton bid a larger sum and obtained it. The late Mr. Joseph Watson (of the firm of Watson and Bell) purchased the same collection at Dr.
Page 105 - ... of 90 genera. 2. ORNITHOLOGY. The attention of members of the Academy was attracted to this department of natural science at an early period. The publication of Wilson's American Ornithology, about the time of the foundation of the Institution, and works on this subject by George Ord, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, and JJ Audubon, published in succession, widely diffused a taste for this elegant study. Mr. Thomas Say, (whose early social association with Mr. Wm. Bartram, and Alexander Wilson, probably...
Page 21 - Taylor, in August, 1845. The Taylor collection was designed to illustrate the principal English formations. The specimens, about 4,000 in number, were selected by Mr. Taylor, with great care, from their respective localities, during a period of twenty-five years, commencing in 1805. In 1841, additions were made by Dr.
Page 93 - Mencke, of Pyrmont, Germany, was presented by him to the Academy in the year 1839. It is contained in 37 folio volumes, and comprises more than 7,000 species of 1,298 genera, which were collected between the years 1810 and 1815, in German localities. Among the distinguished botanists who contributed to the formation of this herbarium, are named Thunberg, Sprengel, Bernhardi, Prof. Treviranus, Prof. Mertens, Boemer, Goenbat, Lehman, Salzman, Ehode, Wendland, Schroeder, Ehrenberg, Schmidt, &c.

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