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Davidson, J. P. 2000. Fish tales: Attributing the first illustration of a fossil shark's tooth to Richard Verstegan (1605) and Nicolas Steno (1667). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 150 : 329-344.

Kennedy, C. B. 1976. A fossil for what ails you. The remarkable history of fossil medicine. Fossil Magazine 1: 42-57.

Kunz, G. F. 1917. Rings for the Finger. From the earliest known times to the present, with full descriptions of the origin, early making, materials, the Archaeology, history, for affection, for love, for engagement, for wedding, commemorative, mourning, etc. Philadelphia & London: Lippincott.

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Lupton, T. 1627. A thousand Notable things of sundrie sortes: Whereof some are wonderfull, some strange, some pleasant, divers necessary, a great sort profitable, and many very precious . London: Wright and R. Bird.

Thompson, C. J. S. 1932. A Mediaeval poison cup made from the Terra Sigillata. British Medical Journal 1 : 73-74.

Topsell, E. 1608. The Historie of Serpents. London: Jaggard.

Zammit-Maempel, G. 1989. The Folklore of Maltese fossils. Papers in Mediterranean Social Studies 1 : 1-29.