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Worlds Before AdamThe Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform$
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Martin J. S. Rudwick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226731285

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.001.0001

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Ancient monsters on land (1818–25)

Ancient monsters on land (1818–25)

(p.59) Chapter 5 Ancient monsters on land (1818–25)
Worlds Before Adam
University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the discoveries that heightened further the sense of the sheer strangeness of the living world of the deep past, which include Buckland's megalosaur, Mantell's giant herbivore and iguanodon, and the Stonesfield marsupials. Buckland's megalosaur and Mantell's iguanodon were based on fragmentary remains, and their reconstruction as gigantic lizards was much less certain, although they did suggest that the ancient reptilian fauna had included not only marine but also terrestrial (or at least “amphibious”) forms.

Keywords:   megalosaur, giant herbivore, iguanodon, marsupials, fossils, ancient reptilian fauna

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