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Student notes of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay published in German

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Student notes of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay published in German


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Notes made by Russian student Nikolai Miklukho-Maclay during his years of study at the University of Jena have been published in Germany. The future famous traveler studied at the German university in 1865-1866. He followed lectures by zoologist Ernst Haeckel and anatomist Karl Gegenbaur, according to the website of the Russian Geographical Society.

The notess were prepared for publication by the Scientific Archive of the Russian Geographical Society, where they were kept, and the university staff. The book finished many years of work, its release was timed to coincide with the anniversary of Enrst Haeckel. The notes are supplemented by detailed sketches by Miklouho-Maclay, who was known as a good draftsman. These historical documents have never been published before.

Miklouho-Maclay devoted this period of his life entirely to his studies. Teachers noted his zeal and thoughtful approach to lectures, the ability to grasp the essence of the subject. The book not only gives an idea of ​​the life of the future scientist, but also represents, in fact, the only transcripts of the lectures of two German teachers. The notes give an insight into the state of biological science of those years and the methods of its teaching.

Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay later became Haeckel's assistant, he accompanied him on a trip to the Canary Islands. 

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