Dinosaurs, monsters and myths

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Geological Society of London blog

The first dinosaur to be named was Megalosaurus in 1824, but it took another 18 years for Sir Richard Owen, at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, to suggest re-grouping the handful of antidiluvian beasts so far discovered into a single tribe of giant reptiles.

Since then, dinosaurs have established themselves as the most famous of fossils, the story of their life and dramatic death retold again and again in novels, films, documentaries and animations.

But how can we be sure what they looked like? And what if we’ve got it all wrong?

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