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Painting, fossilised hyena skull by [William Clift]

Reference number: PT/73/10/15

Date: 1822


Plate 11 showing a fossilised hyaena [hyena] skull. Inscribed in pencil: 'Page 13. Back part of the Skull supposed to belong to an enormous Hyaena'. Fossil found at Oreston Quarry, near Plymouth in Devon [England]. Inscribed with publication and plate details. Not signed. Royal Society stamp verso.

Subject: Palaeontology

Published in Philosophical Transactions as part of paper titled 'On some fossil bones discovered in caverns in the limestone quarries of Oreston' by Joseph Whidbey.

Read to the Royal Society on 6 February 1823.

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William Clift

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Joseph Whidbey

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