13 May 2014
Papers Among Us
There are a few good papers to read concerning Hylaeosaurus. The original description seems to have not made its way to the internet, but it could just be hiding out rather well; it is cited in papers and referenced as such online a few times at least. A secondary observation by Gideon Mantell, a revisitation of Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus, is available online. This second visit to the remains came about 16 years later and uses a much more in depth approach of description of the fossils than previously stated. This paper, therefore, is actually a bit more useful than the initial paper describing the animals. It also sets the stage for more recent papers describing the systematics of polocanthids and other Wealden Formation fossils. Also, I like Mantell's second description of the fossils because it is definitely a 19th century piece, and I have a soft spot for the language and prose of 19th century scientific writing.