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Title: Zoological pioneer: was the Mughal Emperor Jahangir the first scientist to describe a Madagascan lemur?
Contributor(s): Jarman, Peter J  (author)
Publication Date: 2020
Early Online Version: 2019-12-06
DOI: 10.1080/19480881.2019.1699751
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310999 Zoology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences

The Mughal emperor Jahangir (reigned 1605–1627) was a knowledgeable naturalist with a keen interest in exotic fauna. In 1612 C.E. a strange primate was obtained from the Portuguese in Goa and brought to his court. The emperor's written description of the animal and a contemporary painting suggest it was a lemur and therefore from Madagascar. Although many animals from the Moluccas and several from eastern Africa reached Jahangir, this is the only Madagascan animal to do so. Jahangir's careful description of the animal and an illustration commissioned for his memoirs pre-date European scientific descriptions by a dozen years and reveal Jahangir as a fore-runner of comparative, descriptive zoology.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 16(2), p. 202-211
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1948-108X
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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