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Caption: Genus: petrified conifera; Taxon: Plants: Undifferentiated; Locality: near Whitby - North Yorkshire. [*]. Microscope slide from the Sir Joseph D. Hooker Collection, BGS.
Description: William Nicol was the man who pioneered the thin section technique used to make all the slides in the British Geological Survey collection. This slide is an example of his early work. It shows a fossil tree from Whitby, Yorkshire, England, collected in 1814. Age: Jurassic Period, 180 million years old.
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 7504


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