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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
George Rolleston, physician and zoologist (1829-1881). Large cartoon watercolour ink wash drawing signed 'RPP 1881'. Original in collection of Paul D. Stewart. Shows Rolleston collecting ancient skulls in Oxford. Commentary below notes his scientific assement of their morphology and ends with "Alas! Poor Yorick". George Rolleston was the first Linacre Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Oxford from 1860 to his death. He was a friend and protoge of T.H. Huxley and one of the organisers of the British Association meeting in Oxford. There, Huxley famously clashed with Bishop Wilberforce over evolution and Owen over ape brains. Rolleston also took part in the debate and arranged for Huxley's stay in Oxford. Rolleston was firmly in the Huxley camp during the acrimonious debate regarding Owen's mistaken claim that humans had parts of the brain that apes did not.
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