The Ins and Outs of Frogs

It’s Jumping Frog Day and in honor of this holiday, I found a few frogs in our collection.

Frog illustration, no. 11

From the beautiful book with plates, Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Books Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library edited by Tom Baione, there is a section that focuses on August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof and his book on frogs, Historia naturalis ranarum nostratium. The scientific artist loved to collect eggs and larvae of insects and amphibians and watch the creatures in nature. He later used his observations to write and illustrate two volumes: one on insects and the other on frogs.

Frog dissection

Rosenhof’s plate on frog dissection reminded me of an image of a Rice student doing her own frog dissection. Here is freshman Sharon Palmer from California (It’s written on her beanie.) working on a frog during her biology lab.

Sharon Palmer dissecting in biology lab, Rice Institute

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