Rutimeyer, Ludwig; Eocene Saugethiere aus dem Gebiet des Schweizerischen Jura. Neue Denk. der Allgemeinen Sch. Gesellschaft Ges. Nat. 1862. Quarto, pp. 98, 5 lith. plates.
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Rutimeyer (1825-1895) was a Swiss Professor of zoology, comparative anatomy, and one of the most prominent vertebrate palaeontologists in the study of fossil mammalia. Rutimeyer was the first to recognize fossil prosimian. It was during his life that physical anthropology developed as an independent field of research and with the advances made by Rutimeyer the science of embryonic origins of different types of animal tissue developed. He is considered the founder of the field of historical paleontology.
Rutimeyer studied all types of fossil mammals and the practice of acquiring all kinds of fossil mammals within a museum began when he was the first curator for vertebrates at Basel. He set the foundation of this collection while collecting at various and now well-known Swiss localities. His above study is based on fossil mammal remains from the Middle Eocene of Switzerland.