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‘Old bones, dry subject’: the dinosaurs and pterosaur collected by Alfred Nicholson Leeds of Peterborough, England

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Leslie F. Noè
Leslie F. Noè
1
Thinktank
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Birmingham Science Museum
,
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG
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UK
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College of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science
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University of Birmingham
,
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
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UK
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Jeff J. Liston
Jeff J. Liston
2
Thurso Street Research Facility, Hunterian Museum
,
University of Glasgow
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13 Thurso Street, Glasgow G11 6PE
,
UK
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Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of BioMedical & Life Sciences
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University of Glasgow
,
Glasgow G12 8QQ
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UK
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Sandra D. Chapman
Sandra D. Chapman
3
Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
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UK
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

Alfred Nicholson Leeds, F.G.S., amassed one of the largest collections of fossil vertebrates from a single geological horizon anywhere in the world. The Leeds Collection is world famous for its large marine reptiles, but also includes the remains of a fine range of dinosaurs and a fragmentary pterosaur. The Leeds Collection ornithodirans were almost exclusively recovered from the Peterborough Member of the Oxford Clay Formation, with a single specimen of a sauropod derived from the underlying Kellaways Formation. The Leeds Collection includes the remains of at least 12 individual dinosaurs representing at least eight taxa (with other remains currently generically indeterminate) and a single fragmentary rhamphorhynchid pterosaur. Perhaps most intriguingly of all, in 1898 Alfred Leeds discovered a probable reptile egg, later attributed to a dinosaur. Each dinosaur and the pterosaur from the Leeds Collection is discussed, and, where known, details of the provenance, a brief history of research and pertinent archive material are included to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the Leeds Collection ornithodirans to date.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective

R. T. J. Moody
R. T. J. Moody
Kingston University, UK
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E. Buffetaut
E. Buffetaut
CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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D. Naish
D. Naish
University of Portsmouth, UK
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D. M. Martill
D. M. Martill
University of Portsmouth, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
343
ISBN electronic:
9781862395916
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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