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Scientist gets measure of exhibits at museum

21:03 07 September 2009

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Fascinating exhibits at the Powell-Cotton Museum have been measured and catalogued by an eminent biological anthropologist.Professor Colin Groves spent the best days of the summer at Birchington's Quex House and Gardens, researching his new book.Helped by his wife, Dr Phyll Dance, Professor Groves measured skulls and assimilated data to add to that collected by late zoologist Peter Grubb.Keith Dunmall, audience development and learning manager, said: 'It was great to have Professor Groves here. He is travelling all over the world to research the book and it was great he came here as one of his five or six stops.'Prof Groves first visited the museum in 1961, which he knew had been heavily used in the 1910s by the German Professor Matschie.    Although the museum continued to be used, rumour had it that most of the Powell-Cotton collection had gone to the British Museum.     Prof Groves came in 1961 to check this theory and was entertained by Major Percy Powell-Cotton's widow and one of her daughters. They remembered Prof Matschie from 50 years before.The results of Prof Groves's research will be combined with that of Mr Grubb's for inclusion in a book he is compiling on ungulate taxonomy, the classification of hoofed animals.It will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press of Baltimore.

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