The first Cenozoic molluscan article by the Japanese student (Kochibe, 1883) and finding of its illustrated specimens

Takashi Matsubara, Takenori Sasaki, Yasuhiro Ito

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Abstract

In the early Meiji Era, the Japanese government invited many " O-yatoi-gaikoku-jin" (officially'employed overseas nationals) to introduce the latest sciences, technology and culture of the Occident to Japan. Tadatsugu Kochibe is the first student who taxonomically described and illustrated the Japanese Cenozoic Mollusca and Brachiopoda in 16 year of Meiji (1883) under the supervision of Prof. David A. Brauns of the University of Tokio. The outline of his paper is reviewed herein. We discovered five illustrated specimens from Kochibe (1883) in the collection of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo. All of these specimens are refigured and explained. The holotype of Haliotis kochibei Hatai, Kotaka and Noda, 1970, proposed for "Haliotis gigantea Chemnitz var." of Kochibe (1883), is missing now. A presumable illustrated specimen from Brauns (1881) was discovered and is refigured. These discoveries show that other historical specimens at the dawn of the Japanese paleontology will be found by further bibliographic studies and curatorial works.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalFossils
Issue number88
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Palaeontology

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