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Wills recorded temperatures in °F (Fahrenheit) and also as °r (Réaumur).
Towards the end of the expedition, the only thermometer that Wills had was graduated in °r (Réaumur).
This unit of temperature was proposed by the French entomologist René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683-1757) in 1730.
The freezing point of water of 0°r was equivalent to 0°C, but the boiling point of water was set to 80°r.
This obsolete temperature scale was quite commonly used in continental Europe.