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These pages were created as part of the MSci Palaeontology and Evolution course by Thomas Fletcher, Michael Henehan and Phillip Powell.
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Dr. Torrens' "Presidential Address: Mary Anning (1799-1847) of Lyme; 'the greatest fossilist the world ever knew'" British Journal of the History of Science, 1995, vol. 28, pp. 257-284.
Anon. 1828. "Another discovery by Mary Anning of Lyme. An unrivalled specimen of Dapedium politum an antediluvian fish." Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 108:5599 2
The Dragon Seekers by Christopher McGowan
"Mary Anning: The Fossilist as Exegete" by Thomas W. Goodhue in Endeavour Magazine, March 2005 issue


BROWN, Barnum 
Bones for Barnum Brown: Adventures of a Dinosaur Hunter by Roland T. Bird, published in 1985.
Dinosaurs in the Attic by Douglas J. Preston
A Triceratops Hunt in Pioneer Wyoming edited by Kohl, Martin and Brinkman
The Reign of the Dinosaurs by Jean-Guy Michard
Hunting Dinosaurs by Louie Psihoyos
The Dinosaur Papers edited by Weishampel and White
Starring T. Rex! by José Luis Sanz
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By Georges Curvier:
Cuvier, & Pierre A. Latreille. Le Règne Animal Distribué d'après son Organisation, pour Servir de Base à l'Histoire Naturelle des Animaux et d'Introduction à l'Anatomie Comparée. Tome I. L'Introduction, Les Mammifères et Les Oiseaux. Paris, 1817.
Cuvier. Discours sur les révolutions de la surface du globe, et sur les changemens qu'elles ont produits dans le règne animal 3rd French edn 1825.
Cuvier. Discourse on the revolutionary upheavals on the surface of the globe and on the changes which they have produced in the animal kingdom. 1825.
(All these texts are available online)

By Others:
Dorinda Outram, Georges Cuvier: Vocation, Science and Authority in Post-Revolutionary France (Palgrave Macmillan, 1984)
Larson, Edward J., Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory. The Modern Library: New York, 2004
Appel, Toby. The Cuvier-Geofroy debate: French biology in the decades before Darwin, New York & Oxford 1987.
Rudwick, Martin J. S. Georges Cuvier, fossil bones, and geological catastrophes: new translations & interpretations of the primary texts, Chicago & London 1997.
Sarah Lee, Memoirs of Cuvier, translated into French by T Lacordaire (1833)


DOLLO, Louis
Gould, S. J. 1970. “Dollo on Dollo's Law: Irreversibility and the Status of Evolutionary Laws.” Journal of the History of Biology, 3, No.2:189-212
Dollo, L. 1905."Les Dinosauriens adaptés à la vie quadrupède secondaire." Bulletine. Soc. belge Geol. Pal. Hydr., 19: 441-448
Dollo, L. 1882. "Première note sur les dinosauriens de Bernissart". Bulletin du Musée Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Belgique 1: 161-180
Dollo, L.1883. "Note sur les restes de dinosauriens recontrés dans le Crétacé Supérieur de la Belgique". Bulletin du Musée Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Belgique 2: 205-221


HATCHER, John Bell
John Bell Hatcher:
Hatcher. J, B, Bone Hunters in Patagonia: Narrative of the Expedition (1903.
Diplodocus Marsh, by J.B. Hatcher 1901, Its Osteology, Taxonomy, and Probable Habits, with a Restoration of the Skeleton. Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum, Volume 1, Number 1, 1901.

Marsh. O, C. Hatcher. J, B. Lull. R, S. Monograph of all known ceratopsians (1907)
Osborn, H, F. Hatcher, J. B. The four phyla of Oligocene titanotheres. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 16, article 8. (1902)
Brown, B; Hatcher, J. B. 3 A new species of fossil edentate from the Santa Cruz Formation of Patagonia. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 19, article 11. (1903)
Allen, J. A.; Hatcher, J, B. Descriptions of new rodents from southern Patagonia ; with, A note on the genus Euneomys Coues ; and, An addendum to article IV, on Siberian mammals. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 19, article 5. (1903)


HAYDEN, Ferdinand V.

, Joseph
Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything. Leonard Warren. 1998. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-07359-3


Illustrations of the Geology of Sussex (1827) by Gideon Mantell
Geology of the South-east of England (1833) by Gideon Mantell
The Wonders of Geology (2 vols., 1838) by Gideon Mantell
Geological Excursions round the Isle of Wight, and along the Adjacent Coast of Dorsetshire (1847) by Gideon Mantell
The Medals of Creation (2 vols., 1854) by Gideon Mantell
Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of Dinosaurs.
Dean, Dennis R. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin.
McGowan, Christopher. Cambridge: Perseus Publishing, 2001.


MARSH, Othniel


OWEN, Richard
Rudwick, M. J. 1972. The Meaning of Fossils: Episodes in the History of Palaeontology. MacDonald, London
Cadbury, D. 2000. The Dinosaur Hunters. Fourth Estate, London.
Owen, R. 1894. The Life of Richard Owen, by his grandson, Rev. Richard Owen. London

Royal College of Surgeons Database on Owen

PLOT, Robert
Keller, A.G. 1981. Plot, Robert. pp. 40-41. In Gillespie, C.C. (ed.) Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 11. Charles Scribner's
Sons, New York, xiii + 618 pp.
Rudwick, M.J.G. 1972. The Meaning of Fossils: Episodes in the History of Palaeontology. MacDonald, London; America
Elsevier, New York, 287 pp.
A.  MacGregor   The Ashmolean Museum: A brief history of the Museum and its collections (2001)
Plot, R. 1674? Quaer's to be propounded to the most ingenious of each County in my Travels through England. Oxford. 3 pp.
Plot, R. 1677. The Natural History of Oxford-shire, being an essay towards the Natural History of England. Printed at the
Theater, Oxford. 358 pp., 16 pls.
Plot, R. 1679? Enquiries to be propounded to the most Ingenious of each County in my Travels through England and
Wales, in order to their History of Nature and Arts. Oxford. 4 pp. Plot, R. 1686. The Natural History of Stafford-shire. Printed at
the Theater, Oxford. 450 pp., 38 pls

Sereno, P. C. 2002. Introduction to SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles. National Geographic Society, Washington.
Sereno, P. C. 2002. Skeletons in the Sand: A popular book on the adventures and science of the 1993 Expedition to Niger. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Sereno, P. C. and Martinez, R. N. 2002. and O. A. Alcober. 2002. The primitive dinosaur Eoraptor lunensis and the early evolution of Theropoda. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Supplement. (37)


SMITH, William

General Books

The Dinosaur Hunters - A True story of Scientific Rivalry & the Discovery of the Prehistoric World, Deborah Cadbury, HarperCollins, 2000
When Life Nearly Died - The Greatest Mass Extinction Of All Time, Michael J. Benton, Thames & Hudson, 2003

Internet links

Dinohunters - a brief yet comprehensive guide to the famous palaeontologists of the last millenium
Natural History Museum - useful biographical introductions and resource for all British Palaeontology
University of Berkeley, California - an excellent guide to the history of evolutionary thought, covers all areas of palaeontology.
Univeristy of Chicago -  Paul Sereno's homepage
Victorian Web - useful and concise introductions to the major scientific figures of the Victorian era.
Oxford University - detailed biographies of Rober Plot and William Buckland, as well as Buckland's wonderful collection

Image Credits

American National Archives and Records Administration - Ferdinand Hayden U.S. Geological Survey team camp
Thomas Fletcher - Allosaurus Front Icon, Therezinosaurus Claw, Velociraptor Skull
University of Chicago - Paul Sereno Photograph

Note: All other portraits and figures have expired their copyright and are free for use