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Painting, fossilised metatarsal bone of a bos by [William Clift]

Reference number: PT/73/10/9

Date: 1822


Plate 8, figure 1, described by Clift as 'A posterior view of part of the right metatarsal bone of the bos [genus of cattle], showing the effects of long continued ossific inflammation'. Excavated at Oreston Quarry caves near Plymouth, Devon [England]. Inscribed with publication and plate details and a pencil note upper left 'Page 8 Right metacarpal bone Bos' and lower left 'Fig 1 2 & 3 to be on the same Plate'. Not signed. Royal Society stamp verso. Watermarked 'W Turner & So-'.

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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