Reference numberMS/251/30
TitleLetter from Gideon Algernon Mantell, Castle Place, to [William Buckland]
Date3 June 1829
DescriptionMantell returns the specimens expressing his gratitude for the loan. He does not believe that the teeth are from Iguanodon. The large tooth is 'very fine' and Mantell considers that it might belong to a new genus of reptiles, allied to the monitor lizards. He has a fossil from Tilgate sandstone that resembles this and he provides a small sketch. Mantell notes that Dr Jaeger [Georg Friedrich Jäger (1785-1866)] has illustrated teeth like them, from near Stuttgart, and asks if Buckland's are from Stonesfield. Mantell would be obliged to receive a cast of the metatarsal bone. The specimen that Buckland would have liked to have is packed away during the building work on Mantell's home and is not accessible, but Mantell hopes to have it in three or four weeks. He sends a partial fish vertebra in chalk and suggests an analysis. He has varous questions, including whether one of Buckland's fossil pieces is an air-bladder.

Letter incomplete.
Physical descriptionOn paper
Access statusOpen
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NA7470Mantell; Gideon Algernon (1790 - 1852)1790 - 1852
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