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Ancient monsters on land (1818–25)

in Worlds Before Adam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226731285
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226731308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0006
Ancient monsters on land (1818–25)

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This chapter describes the discoveries that heightened further the sense of the sheer strangeness of the living world of the deep past, which include Buckland's megalosaur, Mantell's giant herbivore and iguanodon, and the Stonesfield marsupials. Buckland's megalosaur and Mantell's iguanodon were based on fragmentary remains, and their reconstruction as gigantic lizards was much less certain, although they did suggest that the ancient reptilian fauna had included not only marine but also terrestrial (or at least “amphibious”) forms.

Keywords: megalosaur; giant herbivore; iguanodon; marsupials; fossils; ancient reptilian fauna

Chapter.  6761 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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