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French conductor

One of the debates at the1864 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, in Bath, argued whether lightning conductors were better made of iron or copper. A Frenchman burst into the proceedings saying that they were going to solve this problem by building the biggest lightning conductor ever seen.

Curatorial Curiosities

Mammoth Milk Molar

This milk tooth from a Wooley Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) was found in Wookey Hole, Somerset. The mamoth, like its close relatives the extant elephants, had four molars. As the front pair wore down and droped out in pieces, the back pair shifted forward, with two new molars emerging in the back of the mouth. Elephants replace their teeth six times.