Timeline of zoology

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This is a chronologically organized listing of notable zoological events and discoveries.


Ancient world

Lascaux aurochs, Stone Age Lascaux painting.jpg
Lascaux aurochs, Stone Age
"Blue Monkeys" Bronze Age Akrotiri Akrotiri blue monkeys.jpg
"Blue Monkeys" Bronze Age Akrotiri
Apollo with a sacred crow Apollo black bird AM Delphi 8140.jpg
Apollo with a sacred crow
Peacock endpapers from the Vienna Dioscurides ViennaDioscoridesEndpaperPeacock.jpg
Peacock endpapers from the Vienna Dioscurides

Middle Ages

Isidoro di siviglia, etimologie
,. Bruxelles, Bibliotheque Royale Albert I Isidoro di siviglia, etimologie, fine VIII secolo MSII 4856 Bruxelles, Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 20x31,50, pagina in scrittura onciale carolina.jpg
Isidoro di siviglia, etimologie,. Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale Albert I
Ploughing with oxen in the 15th century. Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Detail of Les tres riches heures - March.jpg
Ploughing with oxen in the 15th century. Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
Falconry Manesse Codex, Zurich Konradin.jpg
Falconry Manesse Codex, Zürich
Bartholomaeus Anglicus, Vanden proprieteyten der dighen
. Haarlem: Jacob Bellaert, 24. December 1485 Haarlem Woodcutter.jpg
Bartholomaeus Anglicus, Vanden proprieteyten der dighen. Haarlem: Jacob Bellaert, 24. December 1485

Modern world

A comparison of the skeleton of birds and man in Belon's book on birds, 1555 BelonBirdSkel.jpg
A comparison of the skeleton of birds and man in Belon's book on birds, 1555

17th century

Title plate of Historia Naturalis Brasiliae Historia-Naturalis-Brasiliae.jpg
Title plate of Historia Naturalis Brasiliae

18th century

Ants, spiders and hummingbird. Plate from Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensis Guavenzweig.jpg
Ants, spiders and hummingbird. Plate from Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensis
Statue of Buffon in the Jardin des Plantes
in Paris. GLBuffon.jpg
Statue of Buffon in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
Route of the First voyage of James Cook Karte Cook Seereise nr1.png
Route of the First voyage of James Cook
Eulemur mongoz, plate from Johann Schreber's Histoire naturelle des quadrupedes representes d'apres nature Eulemur mongoz Schreber.jpg
Eulemur mongoz , plate from Johann Schreber's Histoire naturelle des quadrupèdes représentés d´après nature
Plaque commemorating Christian Konrad Sprengel Christian-Konrad-Sprengel 0118 a.jpg
Plaque commemorating Christian Konrad Sprengel

19th century

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Jean-baptiste lamarck2.jpg
Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
A watercolour of HMS Beagle HMS Beagle by Conrad Martens.jpg
A watercolour of HMS Beagle
1842 Plate from Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle
by Charles d'Orbigny Dictionnaire universel Orbigny.jpg
1842 Plate from Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle by Charles d'Orbigny
Charles Darwin's 1859 publication On the Origin of Species revolutionised zoology. Charles Darwin seated.jpg
Charles Darwin's 1859 publication On the Origin of Species revolutionised zoology.

20th century


Prior to the discovery of a living example in 1938, coelacanths were thought to have been extinct for 65 million years. Latimeria chalumnae01.jpg
Prior to the discovery of a living example in 1938, coelacanths were thought to have been extinct for 65 million years.


21st century

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