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Leedsichthys problematicusArthur Smith Woodward’s ‘most embarrassing enigma’

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J. J. Liston
J. J. Liston
Department of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology, Yunnan University, Cuihu Beilu 2#, Kunming, Yunnan 650091, China
School of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2016

Abstract

The link between the renowned palaeoichthyologist Arthur Smith Woodward and the similarly lauded marine reptile collector Alfred Nicholson Leeds may seem an unlikely one, but they formed a close family friendship during their professional acquaintance. Amongst the many fish specimens described by Smith Woodward from Leeds’ Oxford Clay collection, the large suspension feeder Leedsichthys problematicus was a challenge that he failed to resolve in print. Work is done to resolve the confused storage history of the material, in order to identify and reappraise the bones that comprised the type material, in the process revealing a key misidentification that undoubtedly coloured Smith Woodward’s type description, and his initial understanding and interpretation of the animal.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Arthur Smith Woodward: His Life and Influence on Modern Vertebrate Palaeontology

Z. Johanson
Z. Johanson
Natural History Museum, UK
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P. M. Barrett
P. M. Barrett
Natural History Museum, UK
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M. Richter
M. Richter
Natural History Museum, UK
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M. Smith
M. Smith
Natural History Museum, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
430
ISBN electronic:
9781862399624
Publication date:
January 01, 2016

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