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Title: The earliest "treatise" on Maltese fossils
Authors: Zammit Maempel, George
Keywords: Knights of Malta -- Malta -- History -- 16th century
Order of St John -- Malta -- History -- 16th century
Publications -- Malta -- History
Lectures and lecturing -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Fossilization -- Malta -- History
Fossils -- Malta -- History
Species -- Malta -- History
Documentation -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Priests -- Germany -- History -- 18th century
Mollusks -- Malta -- History
Manuscripts -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Research -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
University of Malta -- History -- 18th century
College teachers -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Petzl, Joseph Ritter von, 1764-1817
Petzl, Joseph Ritter von, 1764-1817 -- Travel
Issue Date: 1981
Publisher: Malta Historical Society
Citation: Zammit Maempel, G. (1981). The earliest "treatise" on Maltese fossils. Melita Historica, 8(2), 133-148.
Abstract: This documents follows the path of a German priest thought to be named Abbate Bettz who visited Malta in the 18th century to conduct research on Maltese fossils as well as giving a lecture on the same subject. Following a series of inquiries to archives in Germany, it was later found that his real name was Professor Joseph Petzl (full name: Joseph Ritter von Petzl, 1764-1817). According to various manuscripts, he traversed the Maltese islands in search of fossils that would contribute to his research.
Appears in Collections:MH, Volume 8, No. 2 (1981)
MH, Volume 8, No. 2 (1981)

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