March 18th

1891 – Marsh Reconstructs Classic Dinosaurs 

On this day in dinosaurs, Othniel Charles Marsh published famous illustrations of the most iconic dinosaurs–Triceratops and Brontosaurus.

Extinct Monsters

The plates are still aesthetically pleasing today, although science has pushed past many of their limitations. Marsh’s descriptions are also dated–he imagined Brontosaurus eating aquatic plants and Triceratops moving very slowly. While Marsh had published earlier descriptions of fossils and even a Brontosaurus skeleton in previous years, these illustrations (and a Stegosaurus reconstruction we’ll discuss a few months from now) became definitive for generations.


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