1860 Duncan's prehistoric epoch panorama

1860 Duncan's prehistoric epoch panorama


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Tinted lithograph (colour enhanced version) by W.R. Woods appearing as the frontis to Isabella Duncan's "Pre-Adamite Man". The layers of the drawing are appropriately stacked like the strata of the rock in which they are found, indicating a partial discontinuity of separate creations - (see for contrast Reynolds Antidiluvian World in this library). Most marked is the division between the present and the rest - sealed by a global ice age below. For Duncan this line marked a discontinuity from the Biblical descendents of Adam - and the earlier Pre-Adamites who ruled a former world. The Preadamites left handaxes but their mortal remains were transmuted and transported elsewhere in the Universe by her theory. The extinct faunal reconstructions shown here are based on Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' and include Megalosaurus, Iguanodon, Hylaeosaurus etc (see his prints in this image collection).

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