Fossils in history

Man’s fascination with fossils dates way back to the old ages. For instance, some shellfish fossils apparently were used as prehistoric jewels. Plinius believed that they had been created by lightning while Empedocles described some hippopotamus fossils that were found in Sicily as giant bones. Descriptions of these findings were gathered in the so called “gigantologies”.

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