Hermann Schlegel's investigation of the Maastricht mosasaurs

Hermann Schlegel's investigation of the Maastricht mosasaurs SUMMARY In 1852, Hermann Schlegel (1804–1884), as a correspondent of the ’Committee for the Geological Map and Description of the Netherlands’, was charged with the description of the fossil reptiles Mosasaurus and Allopleuron (Testudinata). However, as a consequence of the premature dissolution of the Geological Committee in 1855, Schlegel never completed his task. He only published a preliminary note on his investigations, which is extensively discussed in this paper. Schlegel turns out to have been the first to prove, by means of anatomical arguments, that Mosasaurus had flipper–like limbs. Furthermore, several recently discovered drawings shed new light on Schlegel's claim that some of the fossils of Mosasaurus in the famous Camper collection had been falsified. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Natural History Edinburgh University Press

Hermann Schlegel's investigation of the Maastricht mosasaurs

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
ISSN
0260-9541
eISSN
1755-6260
D.O.I.
10.3366/anh.1986.13.1.1
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SUMMARY In 1852, Hermann Schlegel (1804–1884), as a correspondent of the ’Committee for the Geological Map and Description of the Netherlands’, was charged with the description of the fossil reptiles Mosasaurus and Allopleuron (Testudinata). However, as a consequence of the premature dissolution of the Geological Committee in 1855, Schlegel never completed his task. He only published a preliminary note on his investigations, which is extensively discussed in this paper. Schlegel turns out to have been the first to prove, by means of anatomical arguments, that Mosasaurus had flipper–like limbs. Furthermore, several recently discovered drawings shed new light on Schlegel's claim that some of the fossils of Mosasaurus in the famous Camper collection had been falsified.

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Archives of Natural HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Feb 1, 1986

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