International Dinosaur Discoveries

Early Dinosaur History Outside the United States

Who first coined the word palaeontology?

In 1830, Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875), a Scottish geologist, coined the word palaeontology, or “discourse on ancient things.” Between 1829 and 1833, Lyell recognized that this was a separate field of science. In general, “paleontology” is the spelling used in the United States for this field of study.


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