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Series: GSA Memoirs
Published: 01 April 2009
DOI: 10.1130/2009.1203(06)
... As a medical student, Steno (1638–1686) entirely belonged to the seventeenth-century cultural context in which the problem of glossopetrae , or fossilized sharks’ teeth, was given special attention by a number of scholars. In his Canis (1667), Steno entered the realm of geological studies...
Series: GSA Memoirs
Published: 01 April 2009
DOI: 10.1130/978-0-8137-1203-1-203.0.127
... the molding principle as a clue to relative age in past processes. (3) The study of teeth from the head of a giant shark led Steno to conclude that such teeth and glossopetrae have common origin, i.e., that fossils have a biological origin, as described in the “Carcharodon-head Dissected” (1667). Steno could...
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<span class="search-highlight">Glossopetrae</span> according to Steno ( Steensen, 1667 ).  Steno demonstrated tha...
Published: 23 May 2018
Fig. 4 Glossopetrae according to Steno ( Steensen, 1667 ). Steno demonstrated that the Glossopetrae are in fact fossil shark teeth.
Series: Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1144/SP375.26
EISBN: 9781862396432
... and glossopetrae , adding evidence to former comparisons. Christian orthodoxy was a barrier to geological and evolutionary thinking. Worm rejected superstition and prepared the way for the scientific comprehension of fossils in the Nordic cultural sphere. [A]u XVIIe siècle les lettres étaient une des formes...
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Modern Canis Carchariae jaws figured in Aldrovandi’s posthumous work De Pis...
Published: 01 October 2021
Figure 3. Modern Canis Carchariae jaws figured in Aldrovandi’s posthumous work De Piscibus (1613 a), and fossil (Glossopetrae like) shark teeth painted in Aldrovandi’s manuscript Atlas Tavole Acquarellate (circa 1590 b) (from Vai 2006 , courtesy of Bologna University Library).
Journal Article
Published: 01 April 2019
Earth Sciences History (2019) 38 (1): 1–15.
... to distinguish the section devoted to ‘tri-dimensional fossils’ (such as testacea with shells, glossopetrae or shark’s teeth, animal bones, etc. (see Chapters xxiii-xxxv in Leibniz 1749 ) from the section devoted to fossils that were relatively more ‘bi-dimensional’ (for example, fish or ichthyomorphous stones...
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Published: 23 May 2018
Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (2018) 189 (2): 8.
...Fig. 4 Glossopetrae according to Steno ( Steensen, 1667 ). Steno demonstrated that the Glossopetrae are in fact fossil shark teeth. ...
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Published: 01 October 2021
Earth Sciences History (2021) 40 (2): 293–331.
...Figure 3. Modern Canis Carchariae jaws figured in Aldrovandi’s posthumous work De Piscibus (1613 a), and fossil (Glossopetrae like) shark teeth painted in Aldrovandi’s manuscript Atlas Tavole Acquarellate (circa 1590 b) (from Vai 2006 , courtesy of Bologna University Library). ...
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Series: GSA Special Papers
Published: 01 January 2006
DOI: 10.1130/2006.2411(06)
..., the glossopetra , and the aquilina stones, etc., were “born.” The Deluge instead offered the alternative explanation and allowed an organic nature to be attributed to some figured stones but not to all of them. It served above all to explain the presence of marine animal remains in elevated areas far from...
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Published: 01 October 1988
Earth Sciences History (1988) 7 (2): 151–158.
...) dissected a shark in 1667, confirming Conrad Gesner’s Sixteenth Century suggestion that glossopetrae might be fossilized shark teeth rather than projectiles from the sky or teeth from the venomous snakes which had not harmed St. Paul at Malta ( Steno, 1669 ; Adams, 1938 , pp. 113 – 115; Faul and Faul...
Series: GSA Special Papers
Published: 27 November 2018
DOI: 10.1130/2018.2535(06)
EISBN: 9780813795355
... of an object lesson was fossilized shark teeth, also called tongue stones or glossopetrae. 24 Like many other people at the time, Worm was curious about these mysterious stones to which antidote powers were ascribed, and he was the owner of several samples ( Worm, 1655 , p. 67; Hoch, 2013 ). As already...
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Published: 01 October 2019
Earth Sciences History (2019) 38 (2): 388–402.
... for some intriguing aspects of the natural world but did not build upon that observation. It was Steno in his Prodromus who provided for the first time, following his correct interpretation of the origin of glossopetrae as fossil shark teeth, a comprehensive new approach for the investigation...
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Series: Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Published: 01 January 2016
DOI: 10.1144/SP430.9
EISBN: 9781862399624
... – were often referred to as Glossopetrae or ‘tongue stones’ on account of their supposed morphological resemblance to the tongues of various creatures, including humankind. The earliest reference seems to be that in the Historia Naturalis (Natural History) of Pliny the Elder (AD 23–79; Book 37, Cap...
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Series: Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1144/SP375.14
EISBN: 9781862396432
... ) The Jurassic brachiopod Rhynchonella (Hands stone) MPZ2012/11. ( d ) The Jurassic brachiopod Pygope (Testes stone or Hermes-genitalia stone) MPZ2012/12. ( e ) A tooth of the Miocene shark Carcharocles megalodon (Glossopetra stone) MPZ2012/13. ( f ) Some Jurassic palatine teeth of actinopterygid fish...
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Series: Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1144/SP375.15
EISBN: 9781862396432
... an appendix to his publication on muscles ( Scherz 1969 , p. 20). This appendix would initiate his period of work on the Earth as he noted the similarity between the glossopetrae (tongue-stones) and shark teeth. His conclusion, against common opinion, was that glossopetrae were, indeed, fossil shark teeth...
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Published: 01 October 2007
Earth Sciences History (2007) 26 (2): 383–403.
... with the ferocious-looking shark’s head illustrated in 1669 by Nikolas Steno who demonstrated that the so-called Glossopetrae (or tongue-stones) found in the small Mediterranean island of Malta were in fact fossilised shark’s teeth. What many people do not realise is that Steno used an earlier, unpublished drawing...
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Published: 01 June 2023
Italian Journal of Geosciences (2023) 142 (2): 217–243.
... meteorites in the second case, at the time still erroneously linked to meteorological phenomena of the sub-lunar region according to Aristotle’s theories. In the Middle Ages even fossil shark teeth, known by the term “ glossopetrae ” were interpreted by some as objects that fell from the sky with lightning...
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Published: 01 October 2016
Earth Sciences History (2016) 35 (2): 237–264.
... by the sea is in accordance with the time of which scripture makes mentions.” ( Steno 2013 , p. 218; see Oldroyd 1996 , p. 67). Another problem was created by Steno’s famous demonstration that the glossopetrae found on Malta were fossilized shark teeth, not inorganic formations. The difficulty...
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Published: 01 November 2016
The Journal of Geology (2016) 124 (6): 643–698.
... of Tuscany, Ferdinando II de’ Medici, with a carcass of a great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ) in 1667 to study it, he was much struck by the great similarity of the animal’s teeth with what was being sold in the pharmacies of Florence as Glossopetrae , that is, tongue stones. When he found out from...
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Series: GSA Memoirs
Published: 24 February 2022
DOI: 10.1130/2021.1218(29)
EISBN: 9780813782188
... Nicolaus Steno (1638–1686) published a drawing of objects then called glossopetrae (“tongue stones”) along with a drawing of a dissected shark head with teeth still in its jaw ( Fig. 3 ). The drawings were by Michele Mercati, ca. 1580–1590, and engraved by Anton Eisenhout. They were in an unpublished book...
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