October 19, 2009

New from JHU Press: The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

The Eponym Dictionary of MammalsThe Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

By Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins and Michael Grayson

Just who was the Przewalski after whom Przewalski’s horse was named? Or Husson, the eponym for the rat Hydromys hussoni? Or the Geoffroy whose name is forever linked to Geoffroy’s cat? This unique reference book provides a brief look at the real lives behind the scientific and vernacular mammal names one encounters in field guides, textbooks, journal articles and other scholarly works. Arranged to mirror standard dictionaries, the more than 1,300 entries included explain the origins of over 2,000 mammal species names.

The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is a highly readable and informative guide to the people whose names are immortalized in mammal nomenclature. ($65 hardcover)