Daniel Giraud Elliot

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Daniel Giraud Elliot.

Daniel Giraud Elliot (March 7, 1835 – December 22, 1915) was an American zoologist.

Career overview[edit]

Elliot was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, of the American Ornithologists' Union and of the Société zoologique de France. He was also curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Elliot used his wealth to publish a series of sumptuous color-plate books on birds and animals. Elliot wrote the text himself and commissioned artists such as Joseph Wolf and Joseph Smit, both of whom had worked for John Gould, to provide the illustrations. The books included A Monograph of the Phasianidae (Family of the Pheasants) (1870–72), A Monograph of the Paradiseidae or Birds of Paradise (1873), A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats (1878) and Review of the Primates (1913).

In 1899, Elliot was invited to join the elite Harriman Alaska Expedition to study and document wildlife along the Alaskan coast.

The National Academy of Sciences awards the Daniel Giraud Elliot medal[1] "for meritorious work in zoology or paleontology published in a three- to five-year period. Established through the Daniel Giraud Elliot Fund by gift of Miss Margaret Henderson Elliot."

Selected publications[edit]

  • Catalogue of a Collection of Birds Obtained by the Expedition into Somali-land (1897).
  • The Gallinaceous Game Birds of North America, Including the Partridges, Grouse, Ptarmigan, and Wild Turkeys (1897).
  • Catalogue of Mammals from the Olympic Mountains, Washington, with Descriptions of New Species (1899).
  • Description of an Apparently New Species of Mountain Goat (1900).
  • The Caribou of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (1901).
  • The Deer Family (1903, with Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore S. Van Dyke and A.J. Stone).
  • Catalogue of Mammals Collected by E. Heller in Southern California (1904).
  • The Land and Sea Mammals of Middle America and the West Indies (1904).
  • A Check List of Mammals of the North American Continent, the West Indies and the Neighboring Seas (1905).
  • A Catalogue of the Collection of Mammals in the Field Columbian Museum (1907).



  1. ^ "Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal", National Academy of Sciences.

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