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I.—The Pigmy Hippopotamus of Cyprus

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 May 2009


The accompanying Plate represents a restoration of the skeleton of Hippopotamus minutus, Blain., which has lately been completed in the Geological Department of the British Museum (Nat. Hist.). The vertebral column and limbs are almost entirely composed of the actual bones, while the model of the skull has been built up according to the various parts obtained separately. No ribs were preserved in their entirety, neither were perfect specimens of the scapulæ or innominate bones procured. A large amount of material, including that from which the reconstruction of this skeleton has been made, was brought from Cyprus as the result of excavations carried on there by me at different times in 1901–2. The specimen was mounted and the skull modelled with great skill by Mr. P. O. Barlow, Formatore in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.).

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page 241 note 1 Trans, . Royal Soc. B., vol. 197 (1904), pp. 347–8.Google Scholar

page 242 note 1 Op. cit., p. 348.

page 242 note 2 The same phenomenon has been found to occur among the Pleistocene cave deposits of Crete. See Geol. Mag., Mag., Dec. V, Vol. II, May, 1905, pp. 193202.Google Scholar

page 242 note 3 “Zur Geologie der Massigen Gesteine der Insel Cypern”: Tschermak mineralogische und Petrographische Mittheilungen, Band xii (1891), pp. 278–9.Google Scholar

page 242 note 4 Included in the Kythræan Series of Messrs. Bellamy, & Jukes-Browne, . See “The Geology of Cyprus,” Brendon, W., Plymouth, 1905.Google Scholar

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page 242 note 6 “Ossements Fossiles,” 2nd ed., i, pp. 322–331 (1821).

page 242 note 7 Proc. Zool. Soc., 1887, p. 612.

page 242 note 8 Proc. Zool. Soc., 3rd June, 1902, pp. 107–111.

page 243 note 1 Presented to the National Collection by Dr. Büttikofer in 1887.

page 243 note 2 Proc. Zool. Soc., 1902, pp. 107–111.

page 243 note 3 “Voyage of the Beagle,” 12th ed., Ward, Lock, & Co. (1897), p. 98Google Scholar, etc.

page 244 note 1 Journ, . Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 1853Google Scholar, ser. ii, vol. ii, pl. xxi, fig. 2.

page 244 note 2 Proc. Zool. Soc., June, 1902, pl. x, fig. 5.

page 245 note 1 Op. cit.

page 245 note 2 See Key to Geological Map of Cyprus, p. 15 (by the former), London, Stanford, 1905; and these two authors on the Geology of Cyprus, Brendon & Son, Plymouth, 1905, pp. 55–6, and fig. 9. With reference to this last, it is interesting to find that Bishop Graziani, writing early in the seventeenth century, says of Cyprus: “'Tis thought she was heretofore a peninsula joining that side of Asia, being separated by the violence of a flood” (“The Sieges of Nicosia and Famagusta,” edited by Claude Delaval Cobham, London, 1899).

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