Fossil Excavation in Florida

ID: SIA Acc. 12-492 [SIA2012-2787]

Creator: Gidley, James Williams 1866-1931

Form/Genre: Lantern slides

Date: 1925

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 12-492, Image No. SIA2012-2787

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Exploratory fossil excavation near Melbourne Florida. A local resident (C. P. Singleton) had found fossil bones and human remains, apparently of Pleistocene age, in close proximity in the area. He reported the find to the United States National Museum and in mid-1925, James Gidley of the USNM, and Frederick Loomis of Amherst College were sent to investigate. Loomis, Singleton, and Gidley met in Melbourne and spent six weeks carefully excavating three local sites. This picture is believed to have been taken by Gidley in mid-1925. He returned for further excavations through 1930.


  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Department of Paleontology
  • Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)

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Melbourne (Fla.)


Lantern slides

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SIA Acc. 12-492 [SIA2012-2787]

Physical description

4 x 3.25;

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