Fossil animal, 18th century

Fossil animal, 18th century

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Caption: Fossil animal. 18th-century journal page illustrating a large animal fossil as it appeared in the surrounding alum rock near Whitby, England, in January 1758. The fossil was incomplete, but was estimated to have been of a marine reptile around 4 metres in length. When first exposed by erosion ten years earlier, there had been fins present and more vertebrae. The report, by a Mr Wooller, was read out by Charles Morton. This page is from volume 50 (1757-8) of the journal 'Philosophical Transactions', published by the Royal Society of London.

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