Megalosaurus was the first dinosaur to be studied scientifically and named in 1824.

It was also notable for having one of the world's first literary dino references in a Charles Dickens novel published in the 1850s.

Dino Facts

  • Pronounced: MEG-uh-lo-SAWR-us
  • Means: Big lizard
  • Size: 23-26 ft (7-8 m)
  • Where: England
  • When: Middle Jurassic/Early Cretaceous
  • Diet: Carnivorous (other dinosaurs)