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Lucas Barrett

Lucas Barrett (November 14, 1837December 18, 1862), English naturalist and geologist, was born in London on November 14.1837, and educated at University College[?] school and at Ebersdorf[?]. In 1855 he accompanied R. McAndrew[?] on a dredging excursion from the Shetlands to Norway and beyond the Arctic Circle; and subsequently made other cruises to Greenland and to the coast of Spain, These expeditions laid the foundations of an extensive knowledge of the distribution of marine life[?].

In 1855 he was engaged by Sedgwick to assist in the Woodwardian Museum[?] at Cambridge, and during the following three years he aided the professor by delivering lectures. He discovered bones of birds in the Cambridge Greensand[?], and he also prepared a geological map of Cambridge on the one-inch Ordnance map[?]. In 1859, when twenty-two years of age, he was appointed director of the Geological Survey of Jamaica[?]. He there determined the Cretaceous age of certain rocks which contained Hippurites[?], the new genus Barrettia[?] being named after him by S. P. Woodward[?]; he also obtained many fossils from the Miocene and newer strata[?]. He was drowned at the early age of twenty-five, on December 18, 1862, while investigating the sea-bottom off Kingston, Jamaica.



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