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Tatous and Taiwan Devils: making sense of scaly mammals in the seventeenth century

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Natalie Lawrence, a PhD student from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, will be speaking on how naturalists dealt with exotic beasts as strange as the pangolin and armadillo in the early modern period. Pangolins were characterised as both disruptive ‘Devils’ and ‘armoured innocents’, and because of their wonderful scaly and shelled forms, both pangolins and armadillos came to occupy a unique place on the Chain of Being.

Tea, coffee, and biscuits are provided from 7:00pm

This talk is part of the Cambridge Natural History Society series.

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