From the book to the web.
The purpose of Odontography was to collect information on form, function, composition, distribution, loss and replacement of dentitions. Richard Owen did this by compiling a huge treatise and an accompanying volume of figures. Everything from the entire dentition of animals, to the microscopic structure of a single tooth was recorded and figured. Such a volume of work, with as many details new to dental science, has never been attempted since.
The intention of Odontography.com is to disseminate the information from the original 1845 treatise and to include modern knowledge.
Richard Owen trained as a physician, but the opportunity to curate the collections of the Royal College of Surgeons arose. He later campaigned to create a national public museum - the Natural History Museum, London. Between 1840 and 1845 Owen compiled the treatise presented here, Odontography.
Artwork of Dracoraptor by Bob Nicholls
I’m a vertebrate palaeontologist and I became very interested in pterosaur dentition when I found a unique microstructure in their teeth. I was inspired to document and share facts about teeth by Sir Richard Owen, a fellow palaeontologist that first documented teeth of many extinct and extant animals.