Passing of Richard Owen

by Anonymous on Dec. 18th, 2010

Sir Richard Owen
Sir Richard OwenCourtesy Public domain
Sir Richard Owen, Victorian-era anatomist and paleontologist best remembered for first coining the term "Dinosauria" in 1842. The word, which translates to "terrible lizard" (or the punchier, I think, "fearfully-great lizard") placed the prehistoric reptiles into their own taxon. Crystal Palace dinosaur sculptures, c. 1880: Designed by Richard Owen and built using bricks and concrete by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. Although now considered inaccurate in their poses and physiology, these sculptures were the public's first introduction to the "terrible lizards".
Crystal Palace dinosaur sculptures, c. 1880: Designed by Richard Owen and built using bricks and concrete by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. Although now considered inaccurate in their poses and physiology, these sculptures were the public's first introduction to the "terrible lizards".Courtesy Mark Ryan
Owen later headed the natural history collections at the British Museum, and, in the early 1850s, along with sculpture Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, created the first public (and now outmoded) models of dinosaurs. The life-size sculptures that can still be seen today at Crystal Palace Park in Sydenham, London. Owen died December 18, 1892.

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