TQ3470 : SE 19 Jurassic (4): Ichthyosaur

taken 1 year ago, near to Penge, Bromley, Great Britain

SE 19 Jurassic (4): Ichthyosaur
SE 19 Jurassic (4): Ichthyosaur
The sculptures were completed in 1854 - five years before Charles Darwin published 'The Origin of Species'. They were based on interpretations of the fossil evidence made by Sir Richard Owen, the comparative anatomist who went on to found the Natural History Museum. The sculptor was Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who had earlier made a name for himself as a wildlife illustrator.

The reconstructions represent the state of knowledge as it was in the mid-19th century - and these days much would be open to challenge. One detail for which there is now said to be no evidence is the flower-like array of bony plates around the Ichthyosaur's eye. That detail is such a memorable one that it is rather sad to have to admit it's wrong . . .
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Date Taken
Friday, 28 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 30 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Educational sites  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3445 7047 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:25.0386N 0:4.0738W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3444 7048
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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