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When Was The First Fossil Discovered?

The first dinosaur fossil scientifically described was found in 1822 by Gideon A. Mantell (1790-1852), an amateur British fossil hunter and physician. He discovered some teeth and bones and named it “Iguanodon” (iguana tooth), a duck-billed plant-eater. However, dinosaur remains and fossils had been discovered before this. The Greeks and Romans surely came across some dinosaur remains, which probably fuelled their legends about ogres, griffins and dragons. Chang Qu wrote about dragon bones found in Sichuan, China 2,000 years ago and Reverend Plot stumbled upon a femur in England in 1676 thinking it belonged to a giant.

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