First Dinosaur Discovered


Have you ever heard of the Iguanodon, one of the first dinosaurs ever discovered, that roamed the land during prehistoric times? Well, if you want to learn more about this great herbivore, read on.

In 1825, a surgeon named Dr. Gideon Mantell identified some teeth found in a waste bin in Sussex, England, as belonging to a new reptile. This was the first known discovery of the Iguanodon.

Years later, more fossils of the Iguanodon were found in Belgium. In 1878, an extraordinary discovery down a coal mine in Bernissart, Belgium, produced more than 30 full Iguanodon skeletons.

Before the 1970s, the Iguanodon was known to stand upright on two legs. Then, after the 1970s, it was reconstructed as a dinosaur that walked on four legs.

The Iguanodon was a great discovery that still fascinates admirers today.

[Sources: Walking With Dinosaurs; National History Museum]

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