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1863 Huxley from Ape to Man evolution Featured Dinosaurs Image

1863 Huxley from Ape to Man evolution

Ordered series of primate skeletons. The Frontis engraving by Waterhouse Hawkins from the first edition of Huxley's 1863 "Evidences as to Man's Place in Nature". In this book Huxley presented his evidence that man was descended from the apes. It was published in reaction to Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" 1859. Though this image is often interpreted as indicating a line of descent, it is more intended to show ordered variation in limb bones and posture as well as the clear skeletal similarities in the group. The image has been quoted as an inspiration for Rudolph Zalinger's famous Time-Life 1965 image "The Road to Homo Sapiens" (page 40-45, Nature Library Early Man). That iconic image has become known as "The March of Progress". The artist for this work, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, was famous for his pioneering dinosaur reconstructions but lectured against Darwinian evolution

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1833 Gideon Mantell Tilgate dinosaurs Featured Dinosaurs Image

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


1869 Central Park Dinosaurs Hawkins full Featured Dinosaurs Image

1869 Central Park Dinosaurs Hawkins full

1869 Harpers Weekly, August 14th. "Palaeozoic Museum. Showing the rehabilitated forms of ancient animal life in america now being constructed in Central Park". Wood cut from Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins original sketch (now in the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia). This print shows how Hawkins envisioned the dinosaur display he was commissioned to produce in New York's Central Park. Sadly for Hawkins, and for posterity, his life sized models, including the first fleshed reconstruction of an American dinosaur (Hadrosaurus foulkii), were smashed by a gang of vandals on May 3rd 1871. Reports differ, but most place the blame at the door of William Tweed and his associates who corruptly ran Public Works. Hawkins critisisms are said to have led to Central Park overseer, and Tweed ring member, Hilton giving the order to destroy and bury molds and casts before the work was complete

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