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Henry Culpin (1861–1912): a Yorkshire geologist and palaeontologist, and his collection in the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, South Yorkshire

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posted on 2016-06-21, 11:42 authored by Dean R. Lomax

Henry Culpin was an autodidact geologist and palaeontologist; he was among the first of very few local people to understand and describe the geological outcrops, and fossils within them, around Doncaster, South Yorkshire. During his excursions, Culpin collected many fossil specimens and gifted several to Beechfield House museum, now Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. A large percentage of these specimens are of local origin, collected from Carboniferous coal mine deposits that are no longer accessible. They represent some of the most scientifically and locally important fossils from Doncaster, collected when some of the earliest mine shafts were being sunk in the district.