Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

The Giant Skeleton of the Megalonyx Jeffersonii

image number:

P0030991

description:

This image shows a portion of the Museum on the third floor of Science Hall which was located on the old campus at Seminary Square. The musuem contained what was known as The David Dale Owen Cabinet. Only about eight cases of minerals and fossils, comprising about 1000 specimens (including the Magalonyx seen here) were saved after the fire that destroyed this building on July 12, 1883. The bones of the Megalonyx were discovered on the banks of the Ohio River below Henderson, Kentucky. The skeleton was studied and described by Joseph Leidy in volume VII of the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge which was published in 1855. This original photographic print can be found in a book of photographs prepared and photographed by T.A. Wylie and S. B. Wylie for the 1876 Exposition at Philadelphia.

date taken:

1876 January

photographer studio:

Wylie, Theophilus Adam ?

photographer studio:

Wylie Samuel "Brown" ?

photographer studio:

J. B. Allison, Photographer, Bloomington, Ind. ?

accession number:

1225

building name:

Science Hall (1874)

topic:

Geology

topic:

Skeletons

topic:

Exhibitions

topic:

Light fixtures

topic:

Gas-lighting

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Museum (inside the 1874 Science Hall)

other place name:

Seminary Square

series:

Buildings & Grounds

subseries:

Seminary Square

folder:

Science Hall - Museum