Anatomy of the porpoise

The word “porpoise” comes from porcopiscus - Medieval Latin for “pig fish”. It was obviously related to dolphins, but with a snub-nose, it was more pig-like than the “delphinos” - ”fish with a womb”. Later, the English term “mereswine” was used to refer to both dolphins and porpoises.

Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. Vol VIII, 1878.

664 notes

Show

  1. akzoo reblogged this from piratedistributing
  2. trashymommarocks reblogged this from piratedistributing
  3. piratedistributing reblogged this from monstermadeofeyes and added:
    Anatomy of the porpoise The word “porpoise” comes from porcopiscus - Medieval Latin for “pig fish”. It was obviously...
  4. killer-moustache reblogged this from scientificillustration
  5. sail-into-the-unknown reblogged this from monsterlux
  6. ultravaughnviolet reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  7. lovedrey reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  8. monsterlux reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  9. scum-bag-kings reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  10. linabrandt reblogged this from neitt
  11. yeeeebis2 reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  12. tinyleviathan reblogged this from ellenelizabethcox
  13. ellenelizabethcox reblogged this from norma-bara
  14. oldchris reblogged this from staythewayur
  15. staythewayur reblogged this from ragata
  16. nashka reblogged this from feralcatbox
  17. ganjalagann reblogged this from aurafile
  18. aurafile reblogged this from knockingghosts
  19. neitt reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  20. tauntedbybears reblogged this from alightinthefire
  21. alightinthefire reblogged this from norma-bara and added:
    Fascinating.
  22. crocodileblackpelvis reblogged this from norma-bara
  23. plasticidad reblogged this from hommycabrera
  24. thebleakdecember reblogged this from norma-bara
  25. seraphimnokitsune reblogged this from norma-bara
  26. briserleschaines reblogged this from mushr00mprincess