1842 Dinosaur

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Richard Owen evolution paleontology


Pet dinosaurs

The perspective of time

We should be more fascinated by the fascinations of our children. Our cultural obsession with dinasaurs began with commercial and philosophical motives.

Owens was a widely respected comparative anatomist and palaeontologist and greatly opposed to the idea that one species could be transmuted into another, as claimed by Lamarck, and to evolution by natural selection as claimed by Charles Darwin.

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