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Rivalry, Jealousy and Politics: Richard Owen and the Discovery of the First Dodo Skeleton

Join Museum bird expert Julian Hume to discover how Owen used his political allies and dirty tricks to keep the bones from his rivals and ensure that he received the scientific glory of describing the dodo.


From the swamps of Mauritius in 1865 came a set of bones that caused a flutter in the science world. They belonged to the dodo, which having been extinct for 200 years had become almost mythical, on a par with the griffon or phoenix. Join Museum bird expert Julian Hume to discover how Owen used his political allies and dirty tricks to keep the bones from his rivals and ensure that he received the scientific glory of describing the dodo.


Speaker(s):

Julian Hume | talks

 

Date and Time:

25 July 2004 at 2:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD
+44 20 79 42 58 81
http://www.nhm.ac.uk

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