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Pterosaurs, coprolites and sepia, 1824-1829

Buckland Dorset
William Buckland’s map of the Country and Coast of Devon and Dorset, from "On the Excavation of Valleys by diluvian Action, as illustrated by a succession of Valleys which intersect the South Coast of Dorset and Devon", Transactions of the Geological Society of London, S2-1 (1822). GSL Library collections. 

Buckland crop
William Buckland (GSL/POR/53/7)

Short biography of William Buckland
The Reverend William Buckland (1784-1856, GSL membership no.241) was another Member of the Society who made frequent visits to Lyme Regis.   

Buckland was born along the coast in Axminster, Devon and had developed an interest in natural history and geology whilst exploring the local woods and quarries with his father.  He holidayed in Lyme as a boy and throughout his early university days.  It was this familiarity with the area that led Buckland to provide much of the field geology of Dorset for George Bellas Greenough’s ‘Geological Map of England and Wales' (1820).  Buckland would later bring his own children fossil hunting, introducing them to his friend and local celebrity Mary Anning. 

Buckland had frequent dealings with Anning in the pursuit of his scientific research and publications, but this exhibition concentrates on a three-part paper which he presented before the Geological Society on 6 February 1829.  The subject of each part was a new discovery made by Mary Anning.

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Dimorphodon thumb
  Dimorphodon macronyx, 1828
     
Coprolite thumb
  Coprolites, 1824
     
Belemnosepia thumb
  Fossil sepia, 1829

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