Gideon Mantell in the news

They’re Back a recent Guardian article on Dinosaurs made much of Richard Owen and his dinosaour park at Crystal Palace but seemed to have totally overlooked Mantell’s contribution to the story by his finding and naming of the Iguanodon. A letter in the Guardian 19 June 2015 has attempted to put this right  http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/18/monster-dinosaur-find-deserves-recognition

The long standing rivalry between Owen and Mantell was well described in Deborah Cadbury’s book Dinosaur Hunters: A True Story of Scientific Rivalry and the Discovery of the Prehistoric World. Fourth Estate; 2000 (reviewed here  http://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/oct/15/historybooks.scienceandnature).

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