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Paper, 'A discourse concerning the large hornes frequently found under ground in Ireland concluding from them, that the great American deer called a moose was formerly common in that island: with remarks on some other things natural to that country' by Thomas Molyneux

Reference number: CLP/15i/51

Date: April 1697

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Molyneux presents a theory that moose (Alces alces) were once found in Ireland, due to the discovery of remains of an animal which appears to have been of the genus Cervinum, with round and branched horns. He shares the dimensions of the horns, and notes similar specimens having been found in County Clare, Ballymackward, Turvy and Portumny [Ireland].

Subject: Zoology / Zooarchaeology

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'A discourse concerning the large horns frequently found under ground in Ireland, concluding from them that the great American deer, call'd a moose, was formerly common in that Island: with remarks on some other things natural to that country'

Read to the Royal Society on 28 April 1697

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CLP/15i/51
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April 1697
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Thomas Molyneux, Paper, 'A discourse concerning the large hornes frequently found under ground in Ireland concluding from them, that the great American deer called a moose was formerly common in that island: with remarks on some other things natural to that country' by Thomas Molyneux, April 1697, CLP/15i/51, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/clp_15i_51/paper-a-discourse-concerning-the-large-hornes-frequently-found-under-ground-in-ireland-concluding-from-them-that-the-great-american-deer-called-a-moose-was-formerly-common-in-that-island-with-remarks-on-some-other-things-natural-to-that-country-by-thomas-molyneux, accessed on 19 April 2024

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