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Discovering the Dinornis

Gowan Dawson

in Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226332734
eISBN:
9780226332871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter considers how Richard Owen’s alleged discovery of an extinct flightless bird from New Zealand from a single bone was transformed, through clandestine manipulation of how it was reported ... More


Evolutionary Modifications

Gowan Dawson

in Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226332734
eISBN:
9780226332871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter explores how, in the wake of Darwin’s Origin of Species and the fossil remains of so-called “missing links” like the Archaeopteryx that soon after came to light, Cuvierian correlation ... More


“The Great O. versus the Jermyn St. Pet”: Huxley, Falconer, and Owen on Paleontological Method

Gowan Dawson

in Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226109503
eISBN:
9780226109640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109640.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the paleontological dispute from 1856 to 1857 between Thomas Henry Huxley, Hugh Falconer, and Richard Owen, and its role in forging a sense of solidarity and community amongst ... More


Alternation of Generations and Individuality, 1851

Lynn K. Nyhart and Scott Lidgard

in Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226446318
eISBN:
9780226446592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226446592.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Alternation of generations historically referred to the phenomenon in which an organism asexually produced offspring that did not resemble itself; these offspring then sexually produced a new ... More


Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Gowan Dawson

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226332734
eISBN:
9780226332871
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the nineteenth century paleontologists claimed that, from just a single bone, they could identify and sometimes even reconstruct previously unknown prehistoric creatures. Such extraordinary ... More


Huxley and the Devonshire Commission

Bernard Lightman

in Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226109503
eISBN:
9780226109640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109640.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Devonshire Commission was created to evaluate the state of science, and to determine whether or not it should become a national priority. It met from 14 June 1870, until 12 May 1874. This ... More


Fictions of a Former World

Adelene Buckland

in Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226079684
eISBN:
9780226923635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226923635.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Richard Owen's entry into the Geological Society of London sparked an interest and excitement in him. His wife, Caroline, wrote in her journal about Owen's witnessing interest of leading geologists ... More


Faces in the Mirror: Evolution, Intelligence, and Rights

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter asserts that for four centuries, the West has been fascinated by the orangutan. So similar to humans, yet with so many differences, the red ape has challenged them to think about the ... More


On the Nature of Limbs.

in On the Nature of Limbs: A Discourse

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226641942
eISBN:
9780226641959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226641959.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter presents the text of Richard Owen's essay On the Nature of Limbs, presented at an evening meeting of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Owen discusses his thoughts about evolution ... More


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