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1833 Gideon Mantell Tilgate dinosaurs Featured Gideon Mantell Print

1833 Gideon Mantell Tilgate dinosaurs

"Strata of Tilgate Forest in Surrey" showing Gideon Mantell (seated) while two workmen excavate a partly exposed fossil (spine of Iguanodon?). The strata are labelled as: 1 Loam, 2 Sand and soft Sandstone, 3 Calciferous sandstone (fossil bearing), 4 Blue Clay or Marl. Drawn by F. Pollard, lithographed by P. Gauci, printed by Graf & Soret. From The Geology of the South East of England by Gideon Mantell, 1833, published by Longman, Rees, Orme and Brown of Paternoster Row. Gideon Mantell made some of the world's first dinosaur discoveries here, including Iguanodon (1822) and Hylaeosaurus (1833). Quarry men would often keep specimens they found in the course of their work for his later inspection. Many of Mantell's Tilgate specimens were vital in Richard Owen's recognition and naming of the group Dinosauria


1838 Megalosaurus and Iguanodon by Martin Featured Gideon Mantell Print

1838 Megalosaurus and Iguanodon by Martin

"The Country of the Iguanodon" by apocalyptic artist John Martin, commissioned by Gideon Mantell as the frontis for his popular book "The Wonders of Geology" (1838). Martin was visiting Mantell's Museum and was inspired by Mantell's discoveries - particularly by the "Mantell Piece" a slab of rock from Maidstone containing articulated bones of Iguanodon. This mezzotint (apparently from a painting by Martin presented to Mantell) was one of the first attempts at geological restoration of a pre-historic land environment, and shows an iguanodon being attacked by Megalosaurus. A crocodile is drawn to the fray, with the whole being watched by a pterodactyle. In the middle distance an Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus prepare for another confrontation. The vegetation is as discovered by Mantell in the Tilgate forest beds. Mantell notes the reconstruction's accuracy - but basically Martin drew dragons

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