Sir — Richard Owen was lecturing onE xtinct Fossil Reptiles. The skill of the great master, who built bones together as a child builds with a box of bricks, taught me that the laws which determine the forms of animals were less understood at that time than the laws which govern the relations of men in their country. The laws of Nature promised a better return of new knowledge for reasonable study. A lecture on Flying Reptiles determined me to attempt to fathom the mysteries which gave new types of life to theE arth and afterwards took them away. Thus I became the very humble servant of theD ragons of the A ir. Knowing but little about them I went to Cambridge, and for ten years worked with the Professor of Geology, the lateR ev. A damS edgwick, LL.D., F.R.S., in gathering their bones from the so-called Cambridge Coprolite bed, the Cambridge Greensand.
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