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In Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects, author James Roxburgh McClymont takes readers on a fascinating journey through the early stages of ornithological studies and explores the unique interconnections between various scientific disciplines. Offering a wealth of information and insights, McClymont's work serves as a comprehensive reference for both ornithology enthusiasts and scholars of natural history.

One of the book's strengths lies in the author's meticulous research and attention to detail. McClymont delves into historical records, ancient texts, and early scientific writings to piece together the beginnings of ornithology and shed light on its development over time. His meticulous approach not only provides a comprehensive overview of the subject matter but also introduces lesser-known contributors and theories that have significantly influenced the field.

The author's enthusiasm for birds and their study is palpable throughout the text, making for an engaging reading experience. McClymont's love for ornithology shines through as he narrates various anecdotes and personal experiences, which adds a charming personal touch to his scholarly exploration. This passion for the subject matter enhances the reader's interest and encourages a deeper appreciation for the study of birds.

Moreover, Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects effectively bridges the gap between ornithology and other scientific disciplines. McClymont skillfully illustrates the interconnectedness of ornithology with related fields such as geography, geology, and anthropology. By delving into these cross-disciplinary relationships, readers gain a broader understanding of how ornithology has contributed to our knowledge of the natural world.

Despite its merits, the book may occasionally overwhelm those with a limited background in ornithology or scientific research. The extensive range of topics covered and the author's academic writing style can make certain sections challenging to grasp for the casual reader. However, those with a keen interest in the subject matter or a willingness to delve into the intricacies of early ornithology will find Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects an invaluable resource.

In conclusion, James Roxburgh McClymont's Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects offers a captivating exploration of the beginnings of ornithological studies. Through exhaustive research, the author effectively unveils the intertwined nature of ornithology with other scientific disciplines, illuminating the field's historical foundations. Though the book may prove challenging for readers less familiar with the subject matter, its comprehensive approach and engaging storytelling make it a must-read for both ornithology enthusiasts and researchers of natural history.

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[Illustration: Casuarius uniappendiculatus, juv. ]


By JAMES R. McCLYMONT M.A., Author of 'Pedraluarez Cabral' 'Vicente Añes Pinçon'

With Three Plates




PAGE The Rukh of Marco Polo 3 The Penguins and the Seals of the Angra de Sam Bràs 7 The Banda Islands and the Bandan Birds 15 The Etymology of the Name 'Emu' 21 Australian Birds in 1697 25 New Zealand Birds in 1772 32


I. CASUARIUS UNIAPPENDICULATUS, Blyth. ( juv. ). From an example in the British Museum of Natural History. By permission of the Director. Frontispiece

This plate should be compared with that opposite p. 22, which represents a cassowary with two wattles probably an immature Casuarius galeatus, Vieill. for that is the species which is believed to have been brought alive to Europe by the Dutch in 1597... Continue reading book >>

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