Edward Cope's reconstruction of Laelaps aquilunguis. This work was on display in the original exhibition as item 11. Image source: Cope, Edward Drinker. "The fossil reptiles of New Jersey," in: American Naturalist, vol. 3 (1869), pp. 84-91, pl. 2.

Paper Dinosaurs 1824-1969

An Exhibition of Original Publications from the Collections of the Linda Hall Library

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View of the so-called “Embryos of Compsognathus". This work is part of our History of Science Collection, but it was NOT included in the original exhibition. Image source: Nopcsa, Baron F. "Neues ueber Compsognathus," in: Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Geologie und Palaeontologie (Stuttgart), vol. 16 (1903), tab. 17.

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Paper Dinosaurs was first installed on the web in 1997. The exhibit was updated in December 2008 - January 2009

Exhibition curator and author:
William Ashworth

Librarian of the History of Science:
Bruce Bradley

Scanning and Image Preparation:
LHL Digital Projects

Web designer:
Lyn Marie Harris

Exhibition migration:
Rebeca Escamilla