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    THE first zoological station established in Scotland was opened the other day at Cowie, near Stonehaven. The work, which is more directly in connection with the natural history class of the Aberdeen University, will be carried on in a small wooden house which was erected in the beginning of last week on flat ground, a few yards to the north of Cowie, and close to the sea-shore. The building was constructed in sections, special provision being made for ventilation. It consists of two apartments, the lesser of which is to be fitted up as a library and office, while the main room will be devoted to reception of the proceeds of the dredging, trawling, and other expeditions. The latter department contains the dredging and trawling apparatus, a number of microscopes, with chemical and other appliances necessary. Two boats are at the disposal of students—a large yawl and a small boat, kindly lent by Major Innes of Raenoir, who has also given the use of his drill-hall as a store. A select party assembled at luncheon, after which Mr. G. J. Romanes, in a brief and happy address, formally declared the station open. The total sum now raised is 350l., but this is not enough, and we regret that the appeal made through our columns and elsewhere, has not been so successful as it should have been. This, we believe, is more due to want of thought than illiberality, and we trust that the work at this the first genuine zoological station in the kingdom, will not be crippled from want of sufficient funds. Mr. Romanes will be happy to receive further subscriptions.

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    Notes . Nature 20, 372–375 (1879) doi:10.1038/020372a0

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