Tiger skeleton from No Ordinary Space (History of UCL Grant Museum of Zoology (ISBN 9781906267896) | Professor Joe Cain

No Ordinary Space: UCL Grant Museum (book)

Book on UCL Grant Museum of Zoology UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology moved to The Thomas Lewis Room in UCL’s Rockefeller Building in 2011. This book answers popular historical questions about the room, the building, and the wider university and medical school environment.  The aim is to investigate basic historical questions visitors have had about the space, some of the architectural details, and the building’s…

Illustration from Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins’ (1854) public lecture on creating Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins: Why I Built the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (FGS, FLS) was the sculptor who created the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Specifically, he created over thirty statues of prehistoric animals for the Crystal Palace and Park (Sydenham), which opened in June 1854. The statues included dinosaurs (Iguanodon, Megalosaurus, and Hylaeosaurus), Mesozoic marine reptiles (Plesiosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, and Mosasaurus), other extinct reptiles (Dicynodon and Labyrinthdon), and mammals from the Tertiary Period (Anoplotherium and Palaeotherium) and…

Three snouters: Archirrhinos haeckelii, Rhinolimacius conchicauda, Nasobema lyricum (Order Rhinogradentia), from Stumpke (1961).

The Snouters and Gerolf Steiner (alias Harald Stumpke)

Every scientific discipline has inside jokes. Why? Because they perform social or intellectual work. In this post, Professor Joe Cain links jokelore to his project on one of biology’s most famous jokes, the Rhinogradentia, or “snouters”. This page supports a research paper published on the subject and provides additional materials. Historical research paper on Rhinogradentia Joe Cain. (2018). In My Tribe: What the Snouters (and…

Excerpt from photograph of conference attendees at 1947 Princeton conference organised by National Research Council's Committee on Common Problems of Genetics, Paleontology, and Systematics

Exploring the Borderlands (book)

The Society for the Study of Evolution and its journal, Evolution, have their origins in the work of a small national committee of the National Research Council. This was organised by George Gaylord Simpson and Theodosius Dobzhansky in 1942. Events of World War Two intervened such that Ernst Mayr took effective control in 1943. The Committee on Common Problems of Genetics and Paleontology (later Systematics was…

Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) was an experimental population geneticist and Soviet émigré to the US. In 1943, he visited Professor Andre Drefus in Sao Paolo as part of a US “good neighbour” programme. In this photograph, Dobzhansky (centre) and two unnamed Brazilian colleagues are trapping Drosophila fruit flies in nearby forest. Dobzhansky was key to the synthesis period.

Descended from Darwin (book)

The synthesis period in evolutionary studies (most people call this the “evolutionary synthesis” of the 1930s and 1940) has had a standard narrative for many years, but pressure is increasing for a revision. This book, Descended from Darwin, began as a conference at the American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia (22–23 October 2004). The goal of the conference was to investigate how scholarship might move forward. Conference…

William Jennings Bryan arrives in Dayton, Tennessee for 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial

Last Message of William Jennings Bryan (book)

As the Scopes ‘Monkey’ Trial came to an end in July 1925, William Jennings Bryan expected to deliver the prosecution’s closing argument. Procedural tactics by the defence prevented this. The trial ended without the long-awaited climatic moment in front of the world’s media. Five days later, unexpectedly, Bryan died. In their bereavement, supporters focused on Bryan’s unspoken words as their last chance to connect with…

Evolution - A Journal of Nature - sample covers

History of the Pro-Evolution Magazine “Evolution: A Journal of Nature,” 1927-1938

This page provides information about this otherwise lost magazine in the 1920s and 1930s devoted to promoting the teaching of evolution in US public schools. It was titled, Evolution: A Journal of Nature (EJN). It was produced by pro-evolutionists following the Scopes Trial in 1925 to give teachers material for responding to creationist pressures. Contents In the first issue, the Editor, Ludwig Erwin Ketterfeld described…

Evolution - A Journal of Nature - sample covers

Evolution: A Journal of Nature – contents listed, sorted by author

This page lists articles appearing in Evolution: A Jounral of Nature with contents sorted by issue, then author. This data is available as an Endnote file (Evolution – A Journal of Nature – Complete Table of Contents – Endnote Library). contents sorted by author all issues anonymous. 1927. Bamboo [gorilla infant in Philadelphia Zoo]. EJN 1 (1): 4. ———. 1927. A Cyclopian Human Race. EJN 1…

Evolution - A Journal of Nature - sample covers

Evolution: A Journal of Nature – contents listed, sorted by issue number

This page lists articles appearing in Evolution: A Jounral of Nature with contents sorted by issue, then author. This data is available as an Endnote file (Evolution – A Journal of Nature – Complete Table of Contents – Endnote Library). contents sorted by issue number EJN volume 1 number 1 (December 1927) anonymous. 1927. Bamboo [gorilla infant in Philadelphia Zoo]. EJN 1 (1): 4. ———. 1927.…

Brocks Illuminations 1906 postcard

Brocks Illuminations Celebrated Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and More

This article on Brocks Illuminations at Crystal Palace in 1906 first appeared on the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs History Blog in July 2013. Brocks ‘Illuminations’ celebrated Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and More Close study of the fabulous and rare 1906 postcard from Brocks Fireworks Ltd – advertising their “Illuminations” at Crystal Palace – features many animals, including a pterodactyl and several dinosaurs. Among these, one…