Fossils in Myth, Legend and Lore
- Online talk
14th century Italian toadstone ring containing a fossilised fish tooth for detection of poison. British Museum AF. 1023. Author’s photograph, used with permission.
Dr Chris Duffin (The Natural History Museum) talks about some of the folklore and beliefs associated with fossils, which have a surprisingly diverse folklore history.
Online talk, Tuesday 22 November 2022, 18:00 GMT
Fossil bones and amber are the subject of a wide range of classical, local and oriental myths, including the Homeric Cyclops, the labours of Hercules, and Dragonlore. Invertebrates and vertebrate remains have been used as amulets, medicines and talismans since Palaeolithic times and local legends persist to explain their origins. Fossil sharks’ teeth tested for poison wine, and sea urchins were recommended against seasickness and lightning strikes. A comprehensive fossil collection could preserve you in childbirth, protect your family and property from all sorts of natural calamity, and maintain your health well into old age.
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