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Dr Arthur Conan Doyle's contribution to the popularity of pterodactyls. / Martill, David; Pointon, T.

A history of geology and medicine. ed. / C. J. Duffin; R. T. J. Moody; C. Gardner-Thorpe. Bath : Geological Society of London, 2013. p. 429-443 (Geological Society, London, Special Publications; Vol. 375).

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Harvard

Martill, D & Pointon, T 2013, Dr Arthur Conan Doyle's contribution to the popularity of pterodactyls. in CJ Duffin, RTJ Moody & C Gardner-Thorpe (eds), A history of geology and medicine. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, vol. 375, Geological Society of London, Bath, pp. 429-443. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP375.19

APA

Martill, D., & Pointon, T. (2013). Dr Arthur Conan Doyle's contribution to the popularity of pterodactyls. In C. J. Duffin, R. T. J. Moody, & C. Gardner-Thorpe (Eds.), A history of geology and medicine (pp. 429-443). (Geological Society, London, Special Publications; Vol. 375). Geological Society of London. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP375.19

Vancouver

Martill D, Pointon T. Dr Arthur Conan Doyle's contribution to the popularity of pterodactyls. In Duffin CJ, Moody RTJ, Gardner-Thorpe C, editors, A history of geology and medicine. Bath: Geological Society of London. 2013. p. 429-443. (Geological Society, London, Special Publications). https://doi.org/10.1144/SP375.19

Author

Martill, David ; Pointon, T. / Dr Arthur Conan Doyle's contribution to the popularity of pterodactyls. A history of geology and medicine. editor / C. J. Duffin ; R. T. J. Moody ; C. Gardner-Thorpe. Bath : Geological Society of London, 2013. pp. 429-443 (Geological Society, London, Special Publications).

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