Fossils and their uses

Mr. Wm. Buckland (b. 1784), a British eccentric and paleontologist, was the first person to write a reasoned description of a prehistoric critter and its lifestyle, working from fossil remains. His efforts were enthusiastically received both publicly and scientifically.

He called his critter Megalosaurus, meaning Big Lizard. That was in 1824, for you who can recall it.

Were his findings conclusive? Not particularly, but he set a trend for exploration and investigation of the lives his discoveries led. Rhinos often think the same sense of wonder could be applied to our own relatives, the live ones as well as the extinct.

2 thoughts on “Fossils and their uses

  1. I have a grandson who can sleep well if he has Norman, his dinosaur, with him. A child, a rhinoceros; they know what seems to be beyond the knowledge of us adults..

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  2. This guy is one of my heroes, ‘cuz he and others like him laid the groundwork for the rest of us who love fossils. After falling in love with dinosaurs at age four, I am now a volunteer paleontological field assistant with Natural History Museum of Utah 67 years later. We volunteers, mostly living fossils who are retired, join undergrads, graduate students, post-docs and pros to prospect for new fossils and excavate discovered ones. Big fun! Summer camp for old folks!

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