Richard Owen and Fossil Vertebrates


Main Lecture Theatre 201, Grant Institute


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 19:30 to 20:30


Dr Chris Duffin

Richard Owen and Fossil Vertebrates

Cadaverous in appearance and irascible in nature, Richard Owen (1804-1892) was the self-styled “British Cuvier”. It was he who introduced the term “dinosaur”, described hordes of fossil reptiles, the earliest mammals, and intimated the existence of giant antipodean fossil birds from a single bone fragment. A great rival of Darwin, he was at the forefront of palaeontological research for decades and both honoured and revered at home and abroad. It was he who oversaw the establishment of the Natural History Museum at South Kensington, and the model dinosaurs now in Sydenham Park.

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