Anatomy of the porpoise Anonymous

Anatomy of the porpoise by Anonymous

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Anatomy of the porpoise

Study of a porpoise skeleton, 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. Thirteen figures in total, numbered 1-13, variously in Arabic and Roman numerals on the plate. Figure 1 Abdominal muscles. Figure 2 The liver. Figure 3 Kidneys, urethra, bladder and sexual organs of a female porpoise. Figure 4 Kidney, with sectional view. Figure 5 Renalis gland. Figure 6 The heart. Figure 7 Blood vessels near the spine in the animal's thorax. Figure 8-9 The blow-hole. Figure 10 Skeleton of the porpoise. Figure 11 Details of bones of the fore-fin. Figure 12 Anterior part of the ear-bone or tympanum. Figure 12 Posterior part of the ear-bone. Plate 2 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-10061

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