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Gideon Mantell: The Dinosaur Doctor of Lewes and the Fossil that Changed the World”.
February 7th @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The 2019 Gideon Mantell Birthday Memorial Lecture
Delivered by Ray Hale, specialist in wildlife lectures and educational displays “Gideon Mantell: The Dinosaur Doctor of Lewes and the Fossil that Changed the World”.
In 1822 a young Doctor and his wife discovered a small unassuming fossil in the Sussex countryside.Piecing together further fragments of unidentified fossils he deduced that the Earth was once inhabited by giant reptiles and that these magnificent beasts had once roamed the downs of Sussex. He went on to discover and name the first of these creatures, the Iguanodon. By doing so he established the Age of Reptiles. Today we accept that dinosaurs ruled the planet but a hundred years ago his theories were contentious.
Although Mantell went on to achieve great acclaim in his research his life was dogged by academic rivalry, family tragedies, personal illness and finally an accident that would threaten his very being.
The paleontological world owes a huge debt to Mantell but only now are we beginning to recognise his enormous contribution to science. This lecture sets out to readdress the balance and introduces the listener to a World of dinosaurs, dirty deeds and deception.