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Zoological Results based on Material from New Britain, New Guinea, Loyalty Islands and Elsewhere, collected during the Years 1895, 1896, and 1897, by Arthur Willey, DScLond

Nature volume 71, pages 411412 (02 March 1905) | Download Citation



THIS splendid series of “zoological results” should have been recognised at an earlier date in our columns, but the six volumes have appeared through a lustrum of five years, and the fine series of memoirs has mounted up to a total which baffles reviewing. As Balfour student of the University of Cambridge, Arthur Willey went in 1894 to the Pacific in search of the eggs of the pearly nautilus. He found these, but so much more of great interest, e.g. as to Peripatus, Amphioxus, Balanoglossus, Ctenoplana, that his tenure of the Balfour scholarship was on two successive occasions judiciously extended for a year beyond the allotted triennium. In his arduous but well rewarded explorations, Dr. Willey was aided by the Government Grant Committee of the Royal Society, who may congratulate themselves on the fact that the money at their disposal was never better spent than on this enterprise. It has seldom been the happy fortune of a single zoologist to bring together in a short span such rich material, including some of the most interesting zoological types.

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