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‘It's not what people don't know that causes all the trouble—it's what they know that ain't so.’ Will Rogers, the cowboy philosopher
A few years ago, a fundraising campaign by the Parkinson's Disease Society depicted Dr James Parkinson as a man without a face, for the sound reason that no portrait of him is known to exist. All we have is a description by his friend and fellow paleontologist Dr Gideon Mantell, who …
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