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The British Museum: Examining America's Fossils with Dr. Jill Cook

Hosted by Jill Cook, DPhil FSA 

Discover the fascinating story behind the fossil remains of an American monster with Dr. Jill Cook, Keeper of the Britain, Europe and Prehistory Department at the British MuseumUnearthed at a site in Ohio, the remains of a giant elephant caused a sensation when they arrived in London during the 1760s—with Benjamin Franklin present—and became a symbol of American national identity when the explanation behind this intriguing discovery was debated by George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, all of whom owned bones from the excavation site. Uncover this extraordinary chapter in American history with Dr. Cook and learn more as she answers viewers’ questions during this livestream.  

Discover the fascinating story behind the fossil remains of an American monster with Dr. Jill Cook, Keeper of the Britain, Europe and Prehistory Department at the British MuseumUnearthed at a site in Ohio, the remains of a giant elephant caused a sensation when they arrived in London during the 1760s—with Benjamin Franklin present—and became a symbol of American national identity when the explanation behind this intriguing discovery was debated by George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, all of whom owned bones from the excavation site. Uncover this extraordinary chapter in American history with Dr. Cook and learn more as she answers viewers’ questions during this livestream.  

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