Chapter Six — Science Read in Tooth and Claw
A Short History of Nearly Everything – by Bill Bryson
Chapter 6 – Science read in tooth and claw
- Richard Owen coined the term dinosauria in 1841. It means “terrible lizard” and was a curiously inapt name. Dinosaurs, as we now know, weren’t’ all terrible – some were no bigger that rabbits and probably extremely retiring – and the one thing they most emphatically were not was lizards, which are actually of a much older (by 30 million years) lineage.
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