Caricature of Charles Lyell, 1830

Caricature of Charles Lyell, 1830

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Caricature of Charles Lyell (1797-1875), British geologist. This satirical pen-and-ink cartoon dates from 1830 and is by the British geologist Henry Thomas De la Beche (1796-1855). It is titled 'Awful Changes' and depicts Charles Lyell (centre) as 'Professor Ichthyosaurus' examining a human skull. This satirised Lyell's theory of cyclical changes by depicting the re-emergence of once-extinct intelligent marine reptiles to debate the fossil remains of extinct humans. For the original sketch, see C010/0353.

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