Did Lewes man find first land dinosaur - or was it his wife?

Dr Gideon Mantell. Above right: This sketch depicts Mantell in Tilgate Quarry near Cuckfield supervising the uncovering of fossils.
Dr Gideon Mantell. Above right: This sketch depicts Mantell in Tilgate Quarry near Cuckfield supervising the uncovering of fossils.
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Just who discovered evidence of the first land dinosaur in 1822?

Was it local Lewes doctor Gideon Mantell or was it his wife Mary Ann Mantell who found the iguanodon’s tooth in a pile of stones by the roadside?

Their marriage was not a happy one and it is said Gideon later changed the story.

Go to a talk by Anthony Booth on Tuesday February 24 at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, High Street, to find out.

Anthony has been carrying out an investigation into the printed sources to uncover where the truth lies.

So was there an attempt to write Mary out of the history books?

Anthony, from the West Sussex Geological Society, will outline the various disputed versions provided by Mantell over the years that followed the original discovery and the naming of the first known land dinosaur in the local quarry in mid-Sussex.

Tickets cost £4. To find out more visit https://gideonmantell.wordpress.com/