what was the first dinosaur to be discovered?

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what was the first dinosaur to be discovered?
« on: 04/09/2007 16:52:43 »
what was the first dinosaur to be discovered in modern times, IE. I guess people thousands of years ago may have found some bones, but what was the first recognised dinosaur to be discovered?

And do you think we have found all of the different dinosaurs?

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« Reply #1 on: 04/09/2007 19:39:27 »
From :  http://www.cbv.ns.ca/marigold/history/dinosaurs/dinosaurs.html
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Although dinosaurs' fossils have been known since 1818, the term dinosaur (deinos = terrifying; sauros = lizard) was coined by the English anatomist Sir Richard Owen in 1842. The only three dinosaurs known at the time were Megalosaurus, Iguanodon, and Hylaeosaurus, very large dinosaurs.


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what was the first dinosaur to be discovered?
« Reply #2 on: 04/09/2007 22:40:38 »
Thanks, Eric. What were they called before being classed as dinosaur's?

Iguanodon - Doesn't sound very scary, unless it was part of the Mafia!

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« Reply #3 on: 04/09/2007 23:56:55 »
The first one actually named was Megalosaurus

The first replica was Iguanadon.
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