Origin of the TermThe word "dinosaur" was given in 1842 by Sir Richard Owen and is derived from the Greek word deinos which means "terrible, powerful, wondrous" and sauros, meaning "lizard".
Put those together and you get a terrible, powerful, wondrous lizard.
Discovery of the Dinosaurs
It was Sir Richard Owen who found and identified some of the first dinosaur fossils. They were teeth.
They were pretty big, too. He studied many types of animals and was pretty sure that these teeth did not belong to any living animal today.
He did, however, think that it was similar to a lizard's tooth. So he named the dinosaurs.
This discovery caused many others to be curious, and they too began looking for dinosaurs.
Are There Dinosaurs In The Bible?
There are, but they aren't called dinosaurs, and are known as the behemoth and the leviathan instead.
It's in the book of Job (chapter 40, verse 15 - 24 and chapter 41, verses 1 - 10.)
Some versions say that they are an elephant or an alligator but if you remember the elephant's tail it is very small not like the tail of a cedar that the King James Bible says it is like.
Then in verse 19 of chapter 41 it says the leviathan spits fire from its mouth, I know that alligators can't do that. Just thought you would like to know.
the term suggests huge creatures with horns, sharp teeth and long tails.
Dinosaurs were the relics of the past, often gigantic carnivorous or herbivorous reptiles that primarily existed during the Mesozoic Age.
They were animals with vertebrae and primarily dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for 160 million years.