Essay on The Discovery Of The Dinosaurs

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Since the discovery of fossils in the early 19th century, people have wondered how the dinosaurs went extinct. Many theories have since come about, however, even today we cannot be sure what exactly whipped out these magnificent and colossal beings. In 1679, Robert Plot found and sketched a thigh bone which he believed was from the skeleton of a giant man This fossil has since disappeared, however the drawing remains and seems to suggest it was actually a part of a megalosaurus. In 1822, Mary Ann and Gideon Mantell discovered large teeth that they believed were the remains of a huge and extinct iguana. Finally in 1841, Richard Owen realized that these fossils were far different from any known living species, and chose the name Dinosauria meaning “terrible lizards” as the title of this new group (Sachatello-Sawyer & Charlesworth, n.d.). Clearly, dinosaurs have been baffling humans for the last 300 plus years. In the years since these important events, many more scientists have attempted to discover all they could about dinosaurs. This included what they ate, what they looked like, where they lived, and most importantly, how they died. Dozens of different theories have come about on this subject, from overactive glands to cataracts.
In the early 19th century, Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felso-Szivàs posited that the dinosaurs had grown to excessive sizes because of the secretions of their pituitary glands. Eventually, this uninhibited growth led these creatures to be…

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