In his 1558 encyclopedia of fishes, the Swiss scholar Conrad Gessner described how to make a dragon out of a dried ray. How does this work in practice?
Tag: History Of Natural History
Untill the nineteenth century encounters with deep-sea fishes were more or less accidental, but by the beginning of that century naturalists developped an acute awareness that deeper waters house strange creatures...
The sea marked a boundary both real and imagined in Tokugawa Japan (1615– 1868). Contact with sea creatures was mainly in the form of food, however, sea creatures were also envisioned as curious objects which captured people’s imagination.