An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 28th April 2016, written by the Oxford Reference marketing team.
'Dinosaurs – literally, the ‘terrible lizards‘ – were first recognized by science, and named by Sir Richard Owen (who preferred the translation ‘fearfully great’), in the 1840’s. In the intervening 170 years our knowledge of dinosaurs, including whether they all really died out 65 million years ago, has changed dramatically.
From drilling into the crater which was made by a giant meteorite that killed the dinosaurs, to reconstructing feathered dinosaurs who scientists now believe are directly linked to today’s birds (our very own living dinosaurs), scientists are constantly discovering things we didn’t know about these ‘terrible lizards’ that first started to evolve over 250 million years ago. We’re even realizing some things we thought we knew were wrong – and some things we thought had been disproved were ‘right again‘.'
Discover more: Read more and take a look at the infographic on the OUPblog.