Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
Adela C. Breton (daughter of BRLSI founding member William Breton), followed her father's passion for exploration, athough she took her tour on horseback in Mexico. Along with her guide Pablo she collected archaeological material throughout Mexico and produced important academic work at the Mayan site of Chichén Itzá in the state Yucatan, Mexico. She donated some of her finds to the collections.
Early reconstruction of a Labyrinthodont: This is mid-19th Century, 1:30 scale model, designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins to be reproduced life size for the grounds of Crystal Palace. This reconstruction assumed it leapt like a frog and was based only on fragments of jaw and teeth. The Labyrinthodontia are a diverse subclass of amphibians, common between about 390 to 210 million years ago. They evolved to fill many adaptive niches occupied by mammals and reptiles today.