In early spring of 1885, three smartly dressed women relax on the steps of the slate lychgate at Penmorfa Church. They have come to Wales from Cambridge with the Sedgwick Club, to study the fascinating geology and paleontology in the region.

Since several decades before On The Origin of the Species was published, Penmorfa had been a renowned spot for fossil-collecting, and the environs of St Beuno’s had offered up a wealth of fossil specimens …

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