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Caption: Genus: Great Tree; Taxon: Plants: Undifferentiated; Locality: Craigleith Quarry near Edinburgh. Microscope slide from the Sir Joseph D. Hooker Collection, BGS.
Description: What seems to have fired William Nicol's interest in fossil plants was the discovery, in 1826, of a giant fossil tree at Craigleith Quarry in Edinburgh. This fossil caused a sensation and part of this tree trunk now stands outside the Natural History Museum, London. Nicol cut this slide of the 'The Great Tree' of Craigleith in 1831. Age: Carboniferous Period, 340 million years old.
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Additional information: From Collection D: Edinburgh collection. This material is connected with Henry Witham (1779-1844) of Larington Hall, county Durham, and related to his landmark Fossil Vegetables monographs (1831, 1833). The slides were produced in collaboration/competition with William Nicol (1771-1851), and their lapidiary, George Sanderson, all of whom were based in Edinburgh at the time. Slides were cut between 1828 and 1834. Some detailed historical notes of this material form an appendix to this document. Many of these slides are unusually thick (4 mm) and cut to fit the specimens. Slides made by William Nicol in the 1820s and early 1830s.
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Collection ID number: Palaeosaurus ID: PF 7507


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