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The Appeal for Skeletons of Wild Animals

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I AM glad to see that Mr. Moseley has started the question of the acquisition of skeletons of wild animals, a subject which has hitherto been too much neglected by those who have charge of museums. Mr. Moseley might have put his case more strongly than he has done; for not only are the two museums he mentions destitute of skeletons of the wild specimens of the larger Felida, but, so far as I know, no European museum possesses more than skulls. Possibly there may be an entire skeleton in the very rich museum of Leyden, but there are none in the British Museum, nor at Paris, nor Vienna, so far as I have been able to examine those collections. We are better off at Cambridge, for we not only have a considerable series of skulls of tigers, leopards, and the so-called “roaneless” lion of Guzerat, but a fine skeleton of a Puma (Felts concolor) sent home from Florida in excellent condition by one of that much-abused class, “sportsmen.”

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