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1862 Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs Featured Print

1862 Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs

Lithograph with later hand colouring combining two of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' six wall posters "Waterhouse Hawkins Diagrams of the Extinct Animals" produced for the Department of Science and Art in 1862. It includes nearly all the dinosaurs known up to that date. From left 1 & 2 Iguanodon, 3 Hylaeosaurus, 4&5 Megalosaurus. On cliffs in background are pterosaurs (not dnosaurs). In 1855 Waterhouse Hawkins produced lifesize reconstructions, with the scientific help of Richard Owen, for the gardens of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. When that project was curtailed he continued to use the designs for artwork such as this, also producing scale models of the sculptures for sale. Later he travelled to the USA where he began work on a similar project in New York's Central Park using more complete skeletal remains of dinosaurs recently discovered there. Sadly that project was never completed.

© This image is copyright Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com.

1894 Haeckel Pithecanthropus ape man crop Featured Print

1894 Haeckel Pithecanthropus ape man crop

Pithecanthropus europeaus alalus (european speechless ape-man) by Gabriel Max, 1894, reproduced as Photogravure Plate 29 in Ernst Haeckel "Naturliche Schopfungs-Geschichte" (Natural History of Creation), Druck und Verlag, Berlin 1898. This painting was presented to Haeckel on his 60th birthday to celebrate his naming (without any fossil evidence!) a 'theoretical' missing link between man and ape "Pithecanthropus alalus". The painting was purely hypothetical as no hominids were yet discovered. Some report it was originally commissioned by Haeckel's enemy Virchow to make fun of him - but if so, it mis-fired as the picture reified the concept. At around the same time, one of Haeckel's students, Eugene Dubois, found the first fossil Homo erectus specimens and gave the new species the name Pithecanthropus erectus honouring Haeckels' speculative ape man.

© PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

1858 Prehistoric marine reptiles Featured Print

1858 Prehistoric marine reptiles

1858 Marine Monsters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. Plate 23, to face page 33, of the New Edition, postumously published, of William Buckland's "Geology and Mineralogy" - part of the Bridgewater Treatises series. Waterhouse Hawkins was commissioned to produce this new plate for the book by Francis Buckland, William's son. It shows reconstructions of these prehistoric reptiles as produced for the Crystal Palace Sydenham around 1854. The reptiles are identified in the plate. Notable is the lack of fin and straight (rather than correctly bilobe finned) tail of the icthyosaur (central) - these mistakes only became apparent when fin skin impressions were recognised in German specimens. All these species occupied British Coasts in the Jurassic.

© PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY