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1863 Figuier Iguanodon and Megalosaurus

1863 Figuier Iguanodon and Megalosaurus

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Art by Riou in the first edition of Louis Figuier's "Earth before the Deluge" (1863). The figure shows restored dinosaurs after scientist Richard Owen and artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. The iguanodon (prey left) has the thumbspike wrongly placed on its nose. Both it and Megalosaurus (predator right) have the rhino like bodies that Owen envisaged. Gideon Mantell had suspected smaller front limbs, but Owen igonored him. The correct position of the spike and the gait was revealed by the spectacular Bernissart finds in Belgium 1878. Hadrosaur skeleton in the USA (1858, Leidy description 1864) to change conceptions of the form of dinosaurs. Even then it would be a long time before popular publications made the connection or the correction.

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