Elephant anatomy, 18th century

Elephant anatomy, 18th century

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Caption: Elephant anatomy. 18th-century journal page illustrating varied aspects of the anatomy of an elephant, including the full skeleton (upper left) and the skull (across bottom). The artworks accompanied a lengthy description of the bones of an elephant which died near Dundee, Scotland, on 27 April 1706. This page is from volume 5 of the 1734 edition of 'The Philosophical Transactions', an abridged collection of papers from the Royal Society. The original papers were published by the surgeon Patrick Blair in volume 27 (1710-11) of 'Philosophical Transactions'.

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