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Victorian Saurians: The Linguistic Prehistory of the Modern Dinosaur

From: Ben Creisler

A new paper that may be of interest:

Ralph O'Connor (2012)
Victorian Saurians: The Linguistic Prehistory of the Modern Dinosaur.
Journal of Victorian Culture 17(4): 492-504

>From first paragraph:

The dinosaur is a nineteenth-century creation. Fossil reptilian bones
had been objects of wonder since antiquity, but only with the rise of
modern geology around 1800 were they widely viewed as the remains of
extinct creatures which had predated humans. This interpretation was
aided by significant British fossil finds from the 1810s onwards
(initially of marine saurians, and from the 1820s, terrestrial
saurians), and English palaeontologists were quick to claim this
corner of the scientific market. In 1842 Richard Owen christened the
three terrestrial saurians then known under the new order ‘Dinosauria’
(terrible lizards), and the dinosaur was born.