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Jean Louis Cabanis
was a German
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Cabanis was born in Berlin
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. He studied at the University of Berlin from 1835 to 1839, and then travelled to North America
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, returning in 1841 with a large natural history
Natural history is the scientific research of plants or animals, leaning more towards observational rather than experimental methods of study, and encompasses more research published in magazines than in academic journals. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study...
collection. He was assistant and later director of the Berlin University Museum, taking over from Martin Lichtenstein
Martin Hinrich Carl Lichtenstein was a German physician, explorer, zoologist, and herpetologist.-Biography:...
. He founded the Journal für Ornithologie
in 1853, editing it for the next forty-one years, when he was succeeded by his son-in-law Anton Reichenow
Anton Reichenow was a German ornithologist.Reichenow was the son-in-law of Jean Cabanis, and worked at the Humboldt Museum from 1874 to 1921. He was an expert on African birds, making a collecting expedition to West Africa in 1872 and 1873, and writing Die Vögel Afrikas...
A number of birds are named after him, including Cabanis' Bunting Emberiza cabanisi
, Cabanis' Spinetail Synallaxis cabanisi
, Azure-rumped Tanager
The Azure-rumped Tanager, Tangara cabanisi is a Middle American bird of the family Thraupidae. It is a local resident in humid broadleaf forests and adjacent plantations of the Pacific slope of western Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico...
, and Cabanis' Greenbul Phyllastrephus cabanisi