It was once thought that pterodactyls were mammals similar to bats, and these 1843 drawings by Edward Newman depicted them with screaming possum faces.
@alex Except other paleontologists and biologists were like hmmmm, yes, but the ears? That's absurd!
@prehensile BRB, publishing a leatherbound tome of images like these as "Fursonae Victoriana: References of 19th Century England."
@brennen Nope, and here's an 1857 drawing by Philip Gosse that built on Newman's idea, but Gosse thought they didn't have ears
@erinbee gosse was an interesting, conflicted dude. On one hand, he was an incredibly talented naturalist, on the other his Brethren faith didn't allow him anything but a biblical view of creation.
@erinbee my daughter wrote a play for her honours year which revolves around misidentified fossils (a sea-serpent, Hydrarchos, which was actually four or five whales), this is going to ruin her
@MLISrevenge This definitely comes close to the line of “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.”
@pagrus Instagram's explore page suggests a lot of cool stuff to me that's unsourced, so I go fact checking and end up finding even better stuff sometimes.
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