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So when Robert Plot, the first keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, looked at fossil shells, he didn’t see ancient molluscs. He saw frozen streams of urine that had crystallised in a superficially shellfish like form.

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From canada goose outlet the fossil’s age, and from its appearance in Plot’s illustration, palaeontologists now suspect that it belonged to a large predatory dinosaur that terrorised Britain about 165 million years ago.

He got the fossil’s identity wrong, but Plot was the first researcher to describe and illustrate something we canada goose clearance sale would now recognise as a dinosaur fossil.

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Many more early British naturalists also found and puzzled over fossils we would now identify as dinosaurs. But it was only in the early 19th century that they began edging towards an understanding of what dinosaurs really were.

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