Anatomist Richard Owen coined the word "Dinosauria," or "terrible lizards" in 1842 when he attempted to order and name recently discovered prehistoric reptiles. Pages from his and many other works that document the history of the discovery of dinosaurs were on view at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri, until April 30, 1997. The Library has made a web version of their exhibition catalog available that contains descriptive text from the 49 items in the show, and an additional 33 other relevant works from the collection not on display--the web version offers a total of 155 images from these sources. The pages of this electronic catalog contain images of both discovery and restoration, and are taken from "the classic papers of dinosaur lore, including the original publications of Gideon Mantell, Richard Owen, Othniel Marsh, and a host of others." Note that the web version is still under construction.
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