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Albert-Auguste Fauvel
French explorer and naturalist

Albert-Auguste Fauvel

Albert-Auguste Fauvel
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Intro French explorer and naturalist
Was Explorer Naturalist
From France
Field Biology Science Social science
Gender male
Birth 7 November 1851
Death 3 November 1909 (aged 58 years)
Star sign Scorpio
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Albert-Auguste Fauvel (7 November 1851, in Cherbourg – 3 November 1909, in Cherbourg) was a French naturalist, known for providing the first detailed description of the Chinese alligator.

In 1872 he joined the Chinese Maritime Customs Service in Peking. Later on, he was based in Chefoo, from where he spent several years investigating the natural history of Shantung province. In 1877 he relocated to Shanghai, and in 1882–84 was stationed in Hankou. Afterwards, he served as inspecteur des services of the Messageries Maritimes in Paris.

Selected works

  • "The province of Shantung: its geography, natural history &c." (published in English, 1875).
  • "Trip of a naturalist to the Chinese Far East" (published in English, 1876).
  • "The wild silk-worms of the province of Shan-tung" (published in English, 1877).
  • "Alligators in China: their history, description and identification" (published in English, 1879).
  • "Unpublished documents on the history of the Seychelles Islands anterior to 1810" (published in English, 1909).
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