Fish have always been part and parcel of human civilisation. In a material sense, they have always been omnipresent in the everyday lives of human beings – from fishery to kitchen. At the same time, fish lead a hidden life, underwater, invisible to man.
Tag: History Of Ichthyology
It's Fish Week on the blog! Today is the opening of the exhibition 'Fish and Fiction' in the Leiden University Library. To celebrate, we dedicate a whole week to fishes in science and culture.
In his 1558 Historia Piscium the Swiss scholar Conrad Gessner described a species of fish which was at that time new to science as an “addition” to another species. His scientific discovery highlights how species were identified and depicted.