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Contrary to ideas that no serious zoological studies were conducted in North Carolina until after the Civil War, there is considerable evidence that Reverend Moses Ashley Curtis was the first modern scholar of animal life in the State. Although known mostly for his studies in botany, Curtis' earliest ornithological investigations began almost 30 years before the Civil War and almost 50 years before the well-known studies by John S. Carins and the Brimleys. Appendices include lists of North Carolina Birds.
Moses Ashley Curtis of Hillsborough was regarded as the American authority on fungi in the 1850s. He developed international friendships, one with Reverend Miles Joseph Berkeley in England, with whom he wrote five scholarly papers. Curtis's most important work, however, was his forty-year study of plant life in North Carolina. His SHRUBS AND WOODY VINES OF NORTH CAROLINA was first published in 1860. This list of 4800 North Carolina plants was the largest North American regional list.