- Kirill Eskov
Kirill Yuryevich Eskov ( _ru. Кирилл Юрьевич Еськов) (b.
September 16, 1956in Moscow) is a Russian writer, biologistand paleontologist.
Eskov graduated from Department of Entomology of the
Moscow State Universityin 1979. In 1986 he defended a dissertation for the Candidate of Biological Sciences at the A.N.Severtsov Institute of Animal Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology of the USSR Academy of Sciences, the theme being " Spiders of Northern Siberia( horologyanalysis)". [ [http://artedi.fish.washington.edu/okhotskia/ikip/results/Bios/eskov.html Biography at IKIP] ] His main scientific interests as a biologist are spiders of Siberia and Russian Far Eastand as a paleontoligist - Paleozoicand Cenozoiceras. As of 2008he is the Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Arthropodsof the Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciencesand vice-president of Eurasian Arachnological Society. He works at the institute since 1988. As of 2002 he had 86 scientific publications.
Eskov discovered several new genera of spiders. Among seven ones discovered by him in 1988 is "
Kikimora palustris" Eskov, 1988 [ [http://research.amnh.org/entomology/spiders/catalog/LINYPHIIDAE.html World Spider Catalog - Linyphiidae] ] It belongs to Linyphiidaefamily, is found in Russiaand Finland, and the name translates from Latin as "marsh Kikimora". Kikimorais a female spirit in Slavic mythologyand Russian equivalent of the phrase, "кикимора болотная", is well-known in the Russian common language.
He is also the author of the book "History of the Earth and its lifeforms", intended as cutting edge biology textbook for high schools.
As a fiction writer he published several books, one of the most famous being "
The Last Ringbearer" ( _ru. Последний кольценосец, _pl. Ostatni Władca Pierścienia), an alternative retelling of J. R. R. Tolkien's " The Lord of the Rings", based on the proverb: 'History is told by the victors' (thus showing Mordoras the 'good guys'). Among his other books is the " The Gospel of Aphranius" ( _ru. Евангелие от Афрания, _pl. Ewangelia według Afraniusza), a dramatic portrayal of Jesus.
elected scientific publications
*cite journal |first=K.Y. |last=Eskov | title=Seven new monotypic genera of spiders of the family Linyphiidae (Aranei) from Siberia |year=1988 |journal=Zool. Zh. |volume=67 |issue=5 |pages=678–690
*cite journal |first=K.Y. |last=Eskov | title=Several new linyphiid spider genera (Araneida, Linyphiidae) from the Russian Far East |year=1993 |journal=Arthropoda Selecta |volume=2 |issue=3 |pages=43–60
*ru icon [http://www.paleo.ru/institute/people.html?bchar=%C3&echar=%C5&phv=-1&worknow=-1 Short biography] at the Paleontological Institute (scroll the page)
*ru icon [http://www.palaeoentomolog.ru/Personnel/eskov.html List of publications] on his personal page at the Laboratory
*ru icon [http://anti-afranij.narod.ru/a-a_2.html Critique]
*ru icon [http://fan.lib.ru/e/eskov/ His books] in the
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