28 July 2010

Hermaphroditism of pulmonates: it was Ray who discovered it

Who discovered that pulmonate gastropods are hermaphrodites? I asked this question first in this post in 2005. Then in this post last summer I narrowed the answer down to 3 names. Subsequently, I was able to determine that the discoverer of pulmonate hermaphroditism was John Ray. A short article of mine summarizing this late 17th century discovery has recently been published in the July 2010 issue of Mollusc Word. You may download a pdf copy from here.

Of course, others before me had already figured out that the credit for the discovery went to Ray. I have only tried to publicize Ray's accomplishment on its 350th anniversary.

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