British Scientific Paper Used the Term Dinosaur

Proceedings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, a scientific paper first used the scientific term dinosaur in 1841 by English naturalist and anatomist Richard Owen. The report described examination of teeth and bones of two extinct saurians and coined the term dinosauria (Latin for “terror lizards’ ‘) for the class of unknown reptiles. Owen described his findings in A History of British Fossil Reptiles, published 1849-84. Owen is noted for his notorious upside-down reconstruction of the first archaeopteryx fossil, an error that was not recognized until 1954.

      1841, 1849-84, 1954
      Richard Owen

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