|Official name||First account of a fossil|
dinosaur named Megalosaurus
by William Buckland
In 1824 William Buckland became president of the Geological Society of London. Here he announced the discovery, at Stonesfield, of fossil bones of a giant reptile which he named Megalosaurus ('great lizard') and wrote the first full account of what would later be called a dinosaur.
In 1825, Buckland was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. That year he resigned his college fellowship: he planned to take up the living of Stoke Charity in Hampshire but, before he could take up the appointment, he was made a Canon of Christ Church, a rich reward for academic distinction without serious administrative responsibilities.
- Wikipedia: William Buckland [MSM 1]
- Wikipedia - Geological Society of London [MSM 2]
- History of paleontology [MSM 3]