Santiago Roth and his scientific legacy: a reappraisal of the Swiss collections
Santiago Roth (1850-1924) emigrated to Argentina as a child and became a self-taught palaeontologist. Roth is, after Agassiz, the most significant natural scientist from Switzerland to become a main figure in the Americas. Each year, thousands of visitors admire the giant ground sloth (Megatherium) in the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich. Despite their popularity, the vast mammals finds that Roth deposited in Swisss collections remained mostly unstudied—until recently. Ongoing research efforts on Roth's fossils in Swiss collections have been enhanced by financial support from SwissCollNet and Swiss SNF. This special issue markis a collection of comprehensive studies of unique collections mainly in Zurich of diverse groups of mostly but not only mammals - in commemoration of Roth’s legacy, one century after his death.
Special Issue Editors:
Analía M. Forasiepi, CONICET Mendoza
Gabriel Aguirre-Fernández, University of Zürich