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Kingdom of Ants: Jose Celestino Mutis and the Dawn of Natural History in the New World

by Wilson, E.O.; Gomez Duran, J.M.

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  • Catalogue No : 19025
  • ISBN : 9780801897856
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 128

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Jose Celestino Mutis was one of the earliest New World naturalists. Drawing on new translations of his nearly forgotton writings, this fascinating story of scientific adventure in 18C South America retrieves Mutis' contributions from obscurity. In 1760, the 28-year-old Mutis embarked on a 48-year exploration of the natural world of northern South America. One of his most magnificent accomplishments (among many) involved ants. Encouraged by Linnaeus shortly after he arrived in Granada, Mutis began studying the ants. He built his own classification and his unorthodox catalogue of army ants, leafcutters, and other insects provided a starting point for future study

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