Specimen of the Month
January 2016
Gideon Algernon Mantell - the Mantell piece 1834! PDF
'The Mantell piece discovered in Bensstead's quarry just outside Maidstone.Kent, Left is the cast, now in the Bentliff Gallery Maidstone alongside the drawing from W. Bensteads notebook. It is believed that Richard Owen invented the word Dinosaur,(Terrible lizard) as a result of studying this group of fossil bones along side the two other known giant reptile bone specimens of this time.
Mantell's original conception, note the spike on the nose of the lizard, now known to be a spike on the back of the foot of Iguanodon dinosaurs.
Cover of W. Benstead's note book(
Sketch of the quarry from Bensteads notebook
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