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- DescriptionIn 1747 the Roman publisher Venantius Monaldinus produced a Latin edition of two early works proposing the animal origins of fossils (reproduced here from the 1752 printing). The first, originally entitled La vana speculazione, first appeared in Italian in 1670. Its author, Agosti Scilla (1629-1700), was a skilled artist who painted fresco cycles in several churches in his native Sicily. From examining the fossils found in the strata on either side of the Strait of Messina and observing sedimentation in rivers, he deduced that t only molluscs but even the mysterious glossopetrae (actually fossilised sharks' teeth) were the remains of living organisms. The second essay, by Fabio Colonna (1567-1640), a Neapolitan botanist who corresponded with Galileo, appeared in 1616 as part of a longer Latin treatise, and also argues for the organic origins of glossopetrae. The book is illustrated by engravings of both fossil and living marine animals.
- Author(s)Agostino Scilla,Fabio Colonna
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication02/05/2015
- SubjectEarth Sciences
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Earth Science
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note36 b/w illus.
- Weight250 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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