Anatomy of the porpoise Anonymous

Anatomy of the porpoise by Anonymous

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Anatomy of the porpoise

Study of a porpoise, with details of its anatomy, based upon the dissection of the cetacean. This commenced at Garraway's coffee-house and concluded at Gresham College in London, the first home of the Royal Society. The mammal was most likely the Harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena. Six figures in total, numbered 1-6, variously in Arabic and Roman numerals on the plate. Figure 1 a lateral view of the whole animal. Figure 2 Section of the whole animal with viscera removed. Figure 3 The tongue, larynx and lungs. Figure 4 Detail of the opening of the larynx. Figure 5 The larynx and surrounding cartilage. Figure 6 Internal organs including stomachs, duodenum, pancreas and spleen. Plate 1 from pamphlet Phocaena, or the anatomy of a porpess, dissected at Gresham Colledge: with a praeliminary discourse concerning anatomy, and a natural history of animals, by Edward Tyson (Benjamin Tooke, London, 1680).

Original: copperplate engraving. 1680

  • Image reference: RS-10060

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