Long gone and forgotten: reassessing the life and career of Edward Blyth, zoologist

  title={Long gone and forgotten: reassessing the life and career of Edward Blyth, zoologist},
  author={Christine Brandon-Jones},
  journal={Archives of Natural History},
Edward Blyth died 121 years ago, after a long and exceptionally productive career as one of the pioneering zoologists of Asia. By any standards, Blyth ought to have been honoured and remembered as one of the foremost natural historians of his age, yet his name is little known today. The reasons for this are not immediately apparent. He was one of few, and one of the first truly professional, non-medical zoologists, at a time when only medical 
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