When it comes to the modern history of dinosaurs it was the 19th century when everyone went fossil crazy and actually began thoroughly studying the giant lizards. But the long 18th century (really long) has some dino discoveries as well. In fact, one could say that the forward thinking of the Enlightenment aided in shaking off the superstitious thinking of the past which created more logical ideas about those prehistoric bones.
|Left: Mary and her dog, Tray (who accompanied her in fossil |
hunting and died in the line of duty due to a landslide)
Right: A Victorian (and inaccurate) depiction of two of Mary's discoveries.
The word "Dinosaur" itself wasn't coined until the Victorian age. It was Sir Richard Owen who came up with the name. Ironically, he disagreed with Darwin's theory of evolution.