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Observations of elephant skin

Date

12 April 1712

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p9

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 370mm
width (page): 250mm

Subject

Description

Three figures. Drawn by an anonymous draftsman.

Letter by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society.

Fig.1: slice of elephant skin, and broken into such small pieces as seen here.
Fig. 2: slice of one of the particles, observed through a microscope
Fig. 3: another slice of the particle taken from a part further away from the skin.

Object history

A. Leeuwenhoek, ‘Observation on the contexture of the skin of elephants’, Phil. Trans. vol. 27, no. 336 (October, November and December 1712), pp. 518-22, figs 1-3.

Related Fellows

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723, Dutch), Naturalist

Associated place

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