Richard Owen birthday

by Anonymous on Jul. 20th, 2011

Richard Owen: English biologist, anatomist, and paleontologist.
Richard Owen: English biologist, anatomist, and paleontologist.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Richard Owen was born this day in 1804 in Lancaster, England. Owen was one of the great comparative anatomists and paleontologists of the 19th Century. He's best remembered for coining the word dinosaur ("fearfully great lizard") in 1841 to describe a group of large reptilian fossils that had come to light just a few decades earlier. He also consulted with artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins to create the first (although inaccurate) representations of dinosaurs for the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1853-54. Owen was a major force in the establishment of the British Museum of Natural History. He died on December 18th in 1882. You can read more about him here.

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KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

In case you're curious like me, here's an article on the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (aka Dinosaur Court), including images of the sculptures.

posted on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 2:41pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Thanks Kelsi. I think it'd be so cool to visit England and see the Hawkin's sculptures in person. I'm planning to do that someday.

posted on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 5:08pm

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