'Przhevalskii's expeditions, which preceded those of Sven Hedin and the host of later Europeans, had for the first time since Marco Polo and his successors defined the basic geography of Central Asia. It had visited places known only by rumour or report and had returned with a mass of meteorological, scientific and biological data. [He] was honoured by Tsar Aleksandr III with promotion to major-general. He had discovered the wild population of Bactrian camels as well as what became known as Prezewalski's horse and Prezewalski's gazelle' (Howgego).
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