How Owen ‘stole’ the Dodo: academic rivalry and disputed rights to a newly-discovered subfossil deposit in nineteenth century Mauritius

@article{Hume2009HowO,
  title={How Owen ‘stole’ the Dodo: academic rivalry and disputed rights to a newly-discovered subfossil deposit in nineteenth century Mauritius},
  author={J. P. Hume and A. S. Cheke and A. McOran-Campbell},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={21},
  pages={33 - 49}
}
  • J.P. Hume, A.S. Cheke, A. McOran-Campbell
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Historical Biology
  • The discovery of the first fossil Dodo remains in the Mare aux Songes marsh, Mauritius, in 1865 resulted in a race to publish on the Dodo's post-cranial anatomy. George Clark, probable discoverer of the fossil site, sent consignments of bones initially to Richard Owen (British Museum), and subsequently to Alfred Newton, Cambridge, via Alfred's brother Edward, who was stationed on Mauritius. After receiving the first consignment, Owen intercepted material intended for Alfred, and abused his… CONTINUE READING
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