Richard Owen, British palaeontologist

Richard Owen, British palaeontologist

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Richard Owen (1804-1892), British anatomist and palaeontologist. He is holding the leg bone of a Moa, an extinct flightless bird from New Zealand. Owen was the founder and first director of the Natural History Museum, London, UK. Here, he is wearing the robes of the Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons. This position was part of his work on comparative anatomy. Oil painting by Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875).

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