1812 Hippopotamus skeleton by Cuvier
Skeleton of a hippopotamus, fine folio copperplate engraving from Cuvier's "Ossamens Fossiles". Cuvier saw that the key to understanding fossils was to relate their bones to animals currently known. In this he was the father of comparative anatomy - a field that was to be crucial to the founding of modern biology. Here a hippo provides reference for the even larger bones of the extinct megafauna that was being discovered in the environs of Paris and elsewhere in Cuvier's time. Cuvier actually mistook some of the first iguanodon bone material discovered by Gideon Mantell (and shown to him by Charles Lyell) for that of a hippo, but he later changed his mind and gave Mantell credit for the discovery.
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FL-3218 Hippopotamus - young playing in water practising the great gape (up to 150 degrees) used for ritual aggressive display
Hippopotamus - young playing in water practising the great gape (up to 150 degrees) used for ritual aggressive display
Maasai Mara National Reserve -Kenya - Nile River valley of East Africa
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African wildlife, lithograph, published in 1897
African wildlife: 1) Gorilla; 2) Chimpanzee (Pan); 3) Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx); 4) Giraffe; 5) Lesser kudu (Ammelaphus imberbis, or Tragelaphus imberbis); 6) Lion (Panthera leo); 7) Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius); 8) African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana); 9) Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus); 10) Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis); 11) Black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata); 12) Violet turaco (Musophaga violacea); 13) Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus); 14) Helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris); 15) Ostrich (Struthio camelus); 16) Rain frogs (Breviceps); 17) Chameleon; 18) Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis). Lithograph after a drawing by Gustav MAOEtzel (German painter, 1839 - 1893), published in 1897.