Predatory dinosaurs have been found on every continent even, just recently, some bits in Antarctica. The first properly recognized predatory dinosaur was Megaloscurus of Jurassic England, published by the Reverend William Buckland in 1824.The fragmentary remains were enough to show only its great size, not its shape. A series of finds from Bavarra in the mid 1800s shed much hght on the nature of theropods and birds. Of those small Compsognothus was the first complete theropod skeleton to be found, and, as we shall see, the discovery of Archceopteryx was one of the most important in all science. life size dinosaur for sale.
Things really began to break loose in the 1800s, with the opening of the Western Territories of North America to paleobiologists- most especially Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. Engaged in a bitter feud-almost from the beginning of their paleontological careers-they competed in opened multiple quarries in the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation, quarries with wonderful names like Bone Cabin and Freeze Out Hills. From them came good skeletons of big Allosaurus, horned Ceratosaurus, realistic animatronic dinosaur and small Ornitholestes. The finding of these new dinosaur skeletons had t’wo effects. First, dinosaurs became immensely and permanently popular with the American public, which still associates them with the frontier days. Second, the debate on the evolutionary significance of dinosaurs was intensified, with some workers suggesting that dinosaurs were ancestral to birds and warm-blooded.