Gideon Algernon Mantell blue plaque in Lewes

Dr. Gideon A. Mantell F.R.S.
surgeon and geologist
born in Lewes 1790, died in London 1852
lived here
he discovered the fossil bones of
the prehistoric iguanodon
in the Sussex Weald

Gideon Algernon Mantell MRCS FRS (Lewes, 3 February 1790 – London, 10 November 1852) was an English obstetrician, geologist and palaeontologist. His attempts to reconstruct the structure and life of Iguanodon began the scientific study of dinosaurs: in 1822 he was responsible for the discovery (and the eventual identification) of the first fossil teeth, and later much of the skeleton, of Iguanodon. Mantell's work on the Cretaceous of southern England was also important.

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