Henri Émile Sauvage

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Henri Émile Sauvage
Born(1842-09-22)22 September 1842
Died3 January 1917(1917-01-03) (aged 74)
Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Known forDiscovery of Mesozoic fish and reptiles
Scientific career
FieldsPaleontology, ichthyology, herpetology
InstitutionsMuséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Henri Émile Sauvage (22 September 1842 in Boulogne-sur-Mer – 3 January 1917 in Boulogne-sur-Mer) was a French paleontologist, ichthyologist, and herpetologist.[1] He was a leading expert on Mesozoic fish and reptiles.[2]

He worked as a curator at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Boulogne-sur-Mer, and published extensively on Late Jurassic dinosaurs and other vertebrates from the Boulonnais region of northern France.[3] He made important contributions involving vertebrate palaeontology in Portugal, describing in 1897, Suchosaurus girardi from jaw fragments found in that country.[2]

From 1883 to 1896, he served as director of the station aquicole in Boulogne-sur-Mer. He was a member of the Société géologique de France.[4] In 1893 Philippe Thomas published the palaeontological results of the Tunisian Scientific Exploration Mission (1885–1886) in six installments plus an atlas, including the work of Victor-Auguste Gauthier (sea urchins), Arnould Locard (Mollusca), Auguste Péron (Brachiopods, Bryozoa and Pentacrinitess) and Henri Émile Sauvage (fish).[5]

The plesiosaurid species Lusonectes sauvagei commemorates his name,[6] as do the crustacean species Pseudanthessius sauvagei [7] and the gecko species Bavayia sauvagii.[8]


  • Note sur les geckotiens de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1878.[8]
  • Bassin houiller et permien d'Autun et d'Épinac, 1889–97 (with Frédéric Delafond, Michel Lévy, Bernard Renault, René Zeiller, 7 volumes).[9]
  • Histoire naturelle des poissons, (1891); in Alfred Grandidier's Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar.[10]
  • Vertébrés fossiles du Portugal: Contributions à l'étude des poissons et des reptiles du jurassique et du crétacique, (1897).[11]
  • Musées municipaux de Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1898.[4]
  • "Amphibious Fishes" in Popular Science Monthly Volume 9, September 1876
  • "The Archer-Fishes" in Popular Science Monthly Volume 12, January 1878
  • "The Matamata" in Popular Science Monthly Volume 16, March 1880.[12]
  • Biography: La Vie et l'oeuvre d'Emile Sauvage; Author: Casimir Cépède. Publisher: Boulogne-sur-Mer :Imprimerie G. Hamain, 1923.[13]

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  1. ^ Wikispecies
  2. ^ a b Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective edited by Richard Moody
  3. ^ The Complete Dinosaur edited by M. K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, James Orville Farlow
  4. ^ a b Data.BnF.fr Henri-Émile Sauvage (1842-1917)
  5. ^ Burollet, Pierre F. (21 June 1995), "L'exploration de la Tunisie avant la première guerre mondiale", Travaux du Comitée français d'Histoire de la Géologie (in French), 9 (3), Comité Français d'Histoire de la Géologie (COFRHIGEO) (séance du 21 juin 1995): 111–122, retrieved 2017-07-29
  6. ^ Acta Palaeontologica Polonica A New Plesiosauroid from the Toarcian (Lower Jurassic) of Alhadas, Portugal
  7. ^ BEMON Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. S
  8. ^ a b Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Sauvage", p. 233).
  9. ^ HathiTrust Digital Library Bassin houiller et permien d'Autun et d'Epinac.
  10. ^ WorldCat Title Histoire naturelle des poissons
  11. ^ Open Library published works
  12. ^ English Wikisource Articles in Popular Science Monthly
  13. ^ WorldCat Title La Vie et l'oeuvre d'Emile Sauvage

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