Rediscovery of an Ichthyosaurus breviceps Owen, 1881 sold by Mary Anning (1799-1847) to the surgeon Astley Cooper (1768-1841) and figured by William Buckland (1784-1856) in his Bridgewater Treatise - NMS Research Repository
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Rediscovery of an Ichthyosaurus breviceps Owen, 1881 sold by Mary Anning (1799-1847) to the surgeon Astley Cooper (1768-1841) and figured by William Buckland (1784-1856) in his Bridgewater Treatise

2015

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An extant specimen of Ichthyosaurus breviceps Owen, 1881 is identified as that sold by Mary Anning the younger, fossil collector of Lyme Regis, to the eminent surgeon Sir Astley Cooper in 1831. It was figured by William Buckland in the prestigious Bridgewater Treatise Geology and mineralogy considered with reference to natural theology of 1836, thereby becoming a widely known exemplar. Its scientific, historical and cultural significance is discussed.

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