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Show Me the BoneReconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America$
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Gowan Dawson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226332734

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.001.0001

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Ghosts of Correlation

Ghosts of Correlation

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(p.375) Epilogue Ghosts of Correlation
Source:
Show Me the Bone
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Gowan Dawson

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.003.0012

This epilogue examines the continuing presence of Cuvier’s law of correlation in the twentieth century. It explores how, although this presence became increasingly shadowy and even spectral, especially following the bombing of the Hunterian Museum in the blitz of 1941, the ghosts of correlation continued to haunt paleontologists like Stephen Jay Gould. By the continuing effects of literary replication, the spectral afterlife of this particular paleontological principle persists even in the digital media of the twenty first century.

Keywords:   twentieth century, Hunterian Museum, blitz, Gould, ghosts, haunting, literary replication, afterlife, digital media

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