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A Tuatara, lying in front of a rock, at London Zoo in 1928 (b / w photo)

A Tuatara, lying in front of a rock, at London Zoo in 1928 (b  /  w photo)


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A Tuatara, lying in front of a rock, at London Zoo in 1928 (b / w photo)

3703971 A Tuatara, lying in front of a rock, at London Zoo in 1928 (b/w photo) by Bond, Frederick William (1887-1942); Zoological Society of London; eZoological Society of London; British, out of copyright

Media ID 23647368

© Zoological Society of London / Bridgeman Images

Reptilia Punctatus Rhynchocephalia Sphenodon Sphenodontidae Tuatara


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This photograph from 1928 transports us back in time to the London Zoo, where a remarkable creature known as a Tuatara rests peacefully in front of a rugged rock. The image, captured by Frederick William Bond, showcases the intricate details of this ancient reptile with mesmerizing clarity. The Tuatara, belonging to the rhynchocephalia order, is an emblematic representative of prehistoric times. Its full-length figure is beautifully juxtaposed against the textured backdrop of the rock formation, creating a striking side view that accentuates its unique features. This rare glimpse into history allows us to marvel at its scaly skin and distinctively shaped head. As we observe this enigmatic creature frozen in time through Bond's lens, we are reminded of its significance within the animal kingdom. Belonging to the Sphenodontidae family and scientifically named Sphenodon punctatus, it serves as a living fossil that has survived for over 200 million years. This monochromatic masterpiece not only captures our attention but also sparks curiosity about these fascinating creatures' existence on Earth. It stands as a testament to both Bond's skillful photography and his dedication to documenting zoological wonders. Preserved by Bridgeman Images for historical appreciation, this photograph invites us into an era when capturing nature's beauty required patience and precision. It serves as a reminder that even amidst bustling city life at London Zoo nearly a century ago, moments like these could be found - moments that continue to

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