Sloth bones and anteater tongues: Collecting American nature in the Hispanic world (1750–1808)

@article{Cowie2011SlothBA,
  title={Sloth bones and anteater tongues: Collecting American nature in the Hispanic world (1750–1808)},
  author={Helen Louise Cowie},
  journal={Atlantic Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={8},
  pages={27 - 5}
}
  • H. Cowie
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • History
  • Atlantic Studies
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