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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Composite of letter and wrapper written by William Conybeare regarding his first scientific reconstruction of the skeletons of plesiosaur and ichthyosaur. Sides, a letter to Webster accompanied his submission to the Geological Society for the "On the Discovery of an almost perfect Skeleton of the Plesiosaurus" Transactions of the Geological Society, Second Series, Volume 1, page 381-390. The large folio plate (central) is the first scientific reconstruction of any prehistoric reptile and appeared in that volume as "Restoration of the Plesiosaurus dolichoderius and Ichthyosaurus communis". Plate LXIX drawn by Conybeare, lithograph by Scharfe, print by Hullimandel. In the letter Conybeare mentions an original drawing of the specimen by Mary Anning and implies its importance. Biographers of Anning point out she received little formal credit for her discoveries. P.D.Stewart collection.
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