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Waller, who keeps birds, describes how he dissected a parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) that had died. He first provides a description of the size and appearance of the bird before presenting observations on the bird's thorax, abdomen, larynx, heart, tongue and digestive system. Followed by one page of labelled figures, including a coloured drawing of a tail feather.

Subject: Zoology / Ornithology

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'Observations in the dissection of a paroquet, made and communicated to the Royal Society by Mr. Rich. Waller'

Read to the Royal Society on 5 December 1688

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December 1688
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5 pages

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Richard Waller

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Richard Waller, Paper, 'Observations on the dissection of a paroquett [parakeet]' by Richard Waller, December 1688, CLP/15i/37, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 16 July 2024

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