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Joseph Leidy and the Foundations of Philadelphia Biology

Joseph Leidy and the Foundations of Philadelphia Biology

 

This exhibition celebrates the science of Joseph Leidy, Swarthmore's first professor of Biology (i.e., Natural History). Leidy was one of America's leading paleontologists, protozoologists, and parasitologists during his years at Swarthmore. He mounted the first dinosaur skeleton (ever) and was the first person to solve a murder mystery using the microscope (when he was an assistant coroner in Philadelphia). He was also an amazing scientific illustrator, and although his beloved museum was destroyed in the Parrish fire, his hand-drawn teaching charts remain. Many of these will be displayed on the main floor along with some of the specimens he collected.

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