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Year Written

350 BCE




Nature, Philosophy, Science

At a Glance

Aristotle spent several years studying the physical characteristics, habitats, and life cycles of over 500 species of animals. History of Animals was written in approximately 350 BCE and is a collection of his observations. Aristotle was able to create the animal classification system that is still in use today by systematically evaluating his findings. Aristotle's taxonomy was the first recorded system of animal biology. That is what earned him the title "Father of Zoology." Although the advent of the microscope has since provided evidence that disputes some of Aristotle's work, the observations and theories presented in History of Animals have largely been proven to be accurate.

About the Title

History of Animals sets the stage for Aristotle's later works that provide a comprehensive study of why animals live in particular habitats and exhibit specific anatomical features. History of Animals details an investigation of the animal attributes that must be recognized in order to evaluate why those attributes exist.


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