Alexander Keyserling

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Alexander Keyserling
Born 15 August 1815
Kabile Parish, present-day Latvia
Died 8 May 1891 (1891-05-09) (aged 75)
Raikküla Parish, present-day Estonia
Citizenship Russian Empire
Nationality Baltic German
Fields Geology
Author abbrev. (botany) Keyserl.

Count Alexander Friedrich Michael Lebrecht Nikolaus Arthur von Keyserling (15 August 1815, in Kabile Parish – 8 May 1891, in Raikküla) was a Baltic German geologist and paleontologist from the Keyserlingk family of Baltic German nobility.

A descendant of Herman Karl von Keyserling, Alexander is considered to be one of the founders of Russian geology, making many expeditions on behalf of Nicholas I of Russia.

He was also a botanist and zoologist who wrote Die wirbelthiere Europa's (Vertebrates of Europe) with Johann Heinrich Blasius. This work was published in 1840.[1]

Alexander's nephews include diplomat Heinrich von Keyserlingk and writer Eduard von Keyserling. Archibald von Keyserling, the first leader of the Latvian Navy, was his great grandson. Philosopher Hermann von Keyserling was his grandson.

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  1. ^ "Die wirbelthiere Europa's". Hathi Trust Digital Library. F. Vieweg und sohn. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  2. ^ IPNI.  Keyserl.