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BESIDES the death of Mr. W. S. Dallas, the Assistant-Secretary of the Geological Society, the ranks of the geologists of this country were further thinned last week by the loss of another well-known and most esteemed student of geology—Mr. John Gunn, of Norwich. Though not distinguished as a writer on geological subjects, he has long been looked up to as the chief authority on that most interesting deposit—the Cromer Forest-bed; and as the most indefatigable and successful collector of its organic contents. He had, moreover, an extensive knowledge of all the geological formations of East Anglia. He was, likewise, fond of antiquarian researches, and in early life did good service among the archæological and ecclesiastical antiquities of his county. But while always eagerly seeking fresh information and gathering a vast store of facts in many departments of inquiry, he refrained from rushing frequently into print, while on the other hand, with generous self-abnegation, he was ever ready to place his materials at the service of science and the public. Every honest inquirer was always welcome to any information or assistance he could give. After amassing a magnificent suite of fossils, illustrating especially the mammalian life of Pliocene time in England, he presented it to the Norfolk and Norwich Museum, where it forms one of the most attractive and instructive features of the collection, and fills what is called after him the “Gunn Room.” Mr. Gunn had reached his eighty-ninth year,

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