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Gideon Mantell and iguanodon Featured Gideon Mantell Print

Gideon Mantell and iguanodon

Gideon Mantell (3 February 1790 - 10 November 1852). Gideon Mantell was a local doctor whose interest in fossils lead to his 1822 discovery near his home in Lewes of the first Iguanodon fossils (the second dinosaur discovered after Buckland's Megalosaurus). He went on to discover the third Dinosaur, Hylaeosaurus. His work formed a largely unacknowledged underpinning of Richard Owen's recognition and naming of the Dinosaur tribe in 1841/2. A somewhat tragic figure, his palaeontology led to fame but a loss of fortune. His family left him and he was often near bankruptcy. In 1841 he suffered a debilitating accident. He is reported to have become a bitter rival of Sir Richard Owen. After Mantell's death a section of his scoliotic spine was removed and stored at the RCS. Engraved from a painting by Samuel Stepney (1837), later hand colouring. Published in G. Mantell's 'Thoughts on a Pebble' 1849

© This image is copyright Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com.

1838 Megalosaurus and Iguanodon by Martin Featured Gideon Mantell Print

1838 Megalosaurus and Iguanodon by Martin

"The Country of the Iguanodon" by apocalyptic artist John Martin, commissioned by Gideon Mantell as the frontis for his popular book "The Wonders of Geology" (1838). Martin was visiting Mantell's Museum and was inspired by Mantell's discoveries - particularly by the "Mantell Piece" a slab of rock from Maidstone containing articulated bones of Iguanodon. This mezzotint (apparently from a painting by Martin presented to Mantell) was one of the first attempts at geological restoration of a pre-historic land environment, and shows an iguanodon being attacked by Megalosaurus. A crocodile is drawn to the fray, with the whole being watched by a pterodactyle. In the middle distance an Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus prepare for another confrontation. The vegetation is as discovered by Mantell in the Tilgate forest beds. Mantell notes the reconstruction's accuracy - but basically Martin drew dragons

© This image is copyright Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com.