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Turtle Anatomy, in Stunning Images from 1820


Beautiful public domain images of your favorite shell-shielded reptile.

Somewhere between Ernst Haeckel’s biological lithographs and The Wellcome Collection’s archive of anatomical illustrations falls Anatome Testudinis Europaeae by the German physician and naturalist Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus (1776–1827). The two-volume tome in Latin, featuring some stunning images of turtle anatomy, was published in 1820 and is now in public domain, digitized by Harvard for your viewing pleasure.

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