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Earliest image of a "living" pterosaur



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new online paper:

David M. Martill (2013)
Dimorphodon and the Reverend George Howman's noctivagous flying
dragon: the earliest restoration of a pterosaur in its natural
habitat.
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association (advance online publication)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2013.03.003
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001678781300028X


A framed water colour of a noctivagous pterosaur by the Reverend G. E.
Howman displayed on a wall on the first floor of the Philpot Museum,
Lyme Regis, Dorset is the earliest depiction of a restored pterosaur
in its life environment. The image is a naïve effort based more on
mythology than on fact, but its haunting mood was a harbinger of
antediluvian depictions by artists that were to become icons of
prehistoric restoration. It predates Henry de la Beche's famous Duria
Antiquior by just one year.