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1838 Guerin Plesiosaur reconstruction.

1838 Guerin Plesiosaur reconstruction.

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Hand coloured copperplate engraving by Fries appearing in Guerin's "Dictionnaire pittoresque" showing a Plesiosaurus dolicheroides skeleton lying beneath the ground, while fossil collectors attend a cliff in the distance. The accurate skeleton is copied from Conybeare's 1824, "On the Discovery of an almost perfect Skeleton of the Plesiosaurus" Transactions of the Geological Society, Second Series, Volume 1, page 381-390 which contains the first scientific reconstruction of any prehistoric reptile and appeared in that volume as "Restoration of the Plesiosaurus dolichoderius and Icthyosaurus communis". British fossil discoveries of prehistoric reptiles were widely reported across Europe in the early nineteenth century.

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