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The 19th-Century Artist Who Sketched Fossils In Their Death Poses

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When scientists and technicians from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences were excavating Iguanodon and crocodile skeletons in Bernissart, artist Gustave Lavalette was commissioned to sketch the skeletons before they were removed from the ground.

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Lavalette's sketches capture that moment of discovery, long after the animal died and its remains had shifted in the Earth. Add the images below to the fantastic historical illustrations of the Iguanodon we've seen.

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Illustration for article titled The 19th-Century Artist Who Sketched Fossils In Their Death Poses
Illustration for article titled The 19th-Century Artist Who Sketched Fossils In Their Death Poses

[RBINS Museum, hat tip to Mika]

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AlphonseBrown
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19th century conceptual paleoart took some liberties with...everything. But then again back then it wasn't hard not to imagine iguanodons behaving like big cats like in this 1853 drawing: