'Highbury Grove in 1846'.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
This lithograph is a satire on the paleontological discoveries made by James Scott Bowerbank (1797-1877), whose work had aroused public interest. Bowerbank lectured on botany and human osteology (a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones). He was one of the founders of the London Clay Club and of the Palaeontographical Society. The title of his book, 'Fosil Fruits of the London Clay' (1840), is parodied by the signs here which advertise a variety of related dishes available at the 'Dinotherium Dining Rooms'.