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George Robert Waterhouse.

George Robert Waterhouse (1810 – 1888) was an English naturalist.

In 1833, Waterhouse was elected as the Royal Entomological Society of London's librarian and curator of insects and records.

He was made curator of the Zoological Society of London's museum in 1836. Charles Darwin entrusted him with the study of the mammals and beetles collected on the voyage of the Beagle. In 1843 he became assistant keeper of Mineralogy and Geology at the British Museum, becoming keeper in 1851 upon the death of Charles Konig. In 1857 the department was divided and he was made keeper of Geology, remaining so until 1880.

Waterhouse was the author of A natural history of the Mammalia (1846-48).

He was the brother of Frederick George Waterhouse also a zoologist.

Amongst the species he described are the Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), and the Syrian or Golden Hamster Mesocricetus auratus.[1]


  1. ^ Henwood, Chris (Spring of 1992). "The Discovery of the Syrian (Golden) Hamster, Mesocricetus Auratus". reprint of BHA's first magazine. British Hamster Association. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  


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George Robert Waterhouse (1810 – 1888)
English naturalist.


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