Richard Owen, the “Sea-Serpent Killer”

Philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) argued that science should also consider “all prodigies and monstrous births of nature; of everything in short that is in nature new, rare and unusual“. So if you have a tale or post to share, unusual or not, for The Giants’ Shoulders” history of science blog carnival, let me know until tomorrow evening, the carnival will then be ready for Monday.

And now, a weird tale about Monsters and Men, as History of Geology will in September-October feature a series of posts dedicated to the topic.

The Victorian paleontologist Richard Owen (1804-1892) is today often only remembered as father of the term “dinosaurs, but his fields of interests included the anatomy of mammals, especially marsupials, the ox-like bones of birds from New Zealand, toads entombed in solid rock and even sea monsters.




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