Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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Expédition Antarctique Française, (1903-05), [Vol. 5]

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1907

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Expedition Reports Q115 E873 1903

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Paris: [Masson and Co.]

Abstract

Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Charcot (b. 1867) was, according to his biographer Marthe Oulié, ‘a scientist by birth, by inclination, by training and education’. Son of the famous neurologist and a trained medical doctor, Charcot made his first trip to Antarctica in 1903 aboard Français – ostensibly a trip to locate missing Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld. By the time Charcot arrived in Argentina the Swede had been found so the doctor carried on South to ‘explore the unknown southern part of the Antarctic Peninsula and Alexander I Land’ (Bryan, 2011). The expedition did not make ‘headlines’, but it did make a huge contribution to all areas of science. These bird foetus specimens were just some of those in the 75 specimen cases that Charcot took back to France.

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