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p. 263. Fossils in the popular imaginationlocked

  • Keith Thomson


‘Fossils in the popular imagination’ describes the burgeoning interest in fossil collection and the founding of palaeontology in the nineteenth century. Mary Anning's ammonite and ichthyosaur finds in Lyme Regis, Dorset, and the work of William Buckland, Baron Georges Cuvier, and arch-rivals Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope are discussed. The discovery of dinosaur bones and their subsequent display in museums around the world sparked public interest in fossils that remains strong today. At the turn of the twentieth century, palaeontology became a formal laboratory science, but the need for collecting by professionals and amateurs in the field continues.

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