Is the Rabbit Indigenous?


WOULD you permit me, through the medium of NATURE, to ask on what grounds the rabbit is considered not indigenous in this country? The best authorities on British and German Mammalia seem agreed that it is a native of the Mediterranean basin. On what facts or writings is this opinion based, and at what time was it introduced into Great Britain? I am very anxious to determine whether the above statements are founded on authentic documents or writings, or are merely suppositions which cannot be asserted with certainty.

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N. Is the Rabbit Indigenous?. Nature 10, 461 (1874) doi:10.1038/010461c0

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