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Inventory no. 36880 - Former Display Label


A fossil, clypeus ploti, named after Robert Plot (1640-96), first Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, whose portrait hangs over the fireplace. The fossil is described by Plot in The Natural History of Oxford-shire (Oxford, 1677), pp. 90-1 and Table II, figs. 9 & 10; and by his successor Edward Lhuyd (1660-1709) in Lithophylacii Britannici Ichnographia (London, 1699), p. 48 and Table 13, catalogue no. 971. The original type-specimen, whose present whereabouts are unknown, was found at Fulbrook, near Burford.

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