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When much of the world had yet to be mapped, many illustrations of the world’s still mysterious oceans featured the weird and wonderful creatures that supposedly lived there. This chart showing sea monsters dates from 1550.

When much of the world had yet to be mapped, many illustrations of the world’s still mysterious oceans featured the weird and wonderful creatures that supposedly lived there. This chart showing sea monsters dates from 1550.

Duria Antiquior – A more Ancient Dorset”, a drawing produced by geologist Henry De la Beche and sold as prints to support fossilist Mary Anning, at the time in financial difficulties (image in public domain). This scene, with various swimming and flying reptiles, plants, mollusks, fishes and even feces produced by the activity of the animals, can be regarded as one of the first reconstructions of an ancient environment.

Duria Antiquior – A more Ancient Dorset”, a drawing produced by geologist Henry De la Beche and sold as prints to support fossilist Mary Anning, at the time in financial difficulties (image in public domain). This scene, with various swimming and flying reptiles, plants, mollusks, fishes and even feces produced by the activity of the animals, can be regarded as one of the first reconstructions of an ancient environment.

Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Pal. lat. 291, detail of f. 75v. Rabanus Maurus, De rerum naturis. 1425

Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Pal. lat. 291, detail of f. 75v. Rabanus Maurus, De rerum naturis. 1425

This map shows the countries of the Caribbean region with names of cities and major towns. It is useful for reference or as a route planning and hurricane tracking chart. Also lists Royal Navy shipwre

This map shows the countries of the Caribbean region with names of cities and major towns. It is useful for reference or as a route planning and hurricane tracking chart. Also lists Royal Navy shipwre

Abraham Ortelius 1570  from the Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The famous Carta Marina map. Not only featuring wonderful  sea monsters but also humungous whales poised to attack old sailing ships.

Abraham Ortelius 1570 from the Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The famous Carta Marina map. Not only featuring wonderful sea monsters but also humungous whales poised to attack old sailing ships.

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