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Tracking the Fossil Footprints and Letters of Science from Doctor E. F. Harding in Windsor, Nova Scotia: 1842-1855 (2021)


Three hand-written letters from Dr. Ebenezer Fitch Harding to J. W. Dawson between 1845 and 1855 provide an example of the “collective” aspect of early geology. Dr. Harding was a community physician in Windsor, Nova Scotia, when he accompanied Charles Lyell during Lyell’s visit to the geology sites and mud flats of the Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy in the summer of 1842. The three letters span the period at the dawn of Nova Scotia geology and give insight into Dr. Harding’s personal interest, contributions to science, and relationship with Dawson in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Examination of the transcribed letters document this important period in Nova Scotia geology, demonstrate linkages between Nova Scotia and Edinburgh, and suggest future work to consider the development of the visual language of geology in Nova Scotia. The history and status of a fossil trackway named by Dawson as Hylopus hardingi provides further insights into the nature of collections and collaborations between Harding and Dawson.

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Authors & Contributors
Bartholomew, Michael
Laurent, Goulven
Dott, Robert H., Jr.
Wilson, Leonard G.
Fleming, James Rodger
Vanderburgh, William L.
British Journal for the History of Science
Physis: Rivista Intemazionale di Storia della Scienza
Sciences et Techniques en Perspective
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
History of Meteorology
Victorian Literature and Culture
Johns Hopkins University Press
Il leggio
Cambridge University Press
Princeton University
Virginia, University of
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Correspondence and corresponding
Earth sciences
Discipline formation
Science and literature
Lyell, Charles
Darwin, Charles Robert
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
Buckland, William
De la Beche, Henry
Murchison, Roderick Impey
North America: United States; Canada
Great Britain
Nova Scotia
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, late
17th century

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