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First Dinosaurs As geologists were pushing back Earhts age paleontologists were making their own startling discoveries. In 1822 Gideon Mantell a doctor in Sussex found fossil teeth that looked like those of an iguanabut if scaled to size the animal would have been over thirty feet long. In 1824 the geologist William Buckland announced the discovery of giant bones in Oxfordshire that clearly did not belong to any living animal. Jaw of the Megalosaurus from William Bucklands monograph. Obviously these animals no longer existed and their fossils forced scientists to wrestle with the concept of extinction an idea that did not fit with traditional histories of life on Earth. Why would God create species only to have them disappear Name of the Beast The term dinosaur is from the Greek fearfully great lizard. It was first coined by Richard Owen in a scientific paper published in 1842. The Greek is often translated into the more sinister- sounding terrible making terrible lizard. Owen came up with the name to describe the giant reptiles discovered by Buckland and Mantell Megalosaurus Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. They were reptilian in many ways but they had unique featuresand they were far bigger than any living reptile. The biggest Megalosaurus great lizard was described by William Buckland in the 4