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Richard Owen

Richard Owen (20 July 1804 – 18 December 1892) was an English biologist and among the first paleontologists. He best known for coining the word dinosaur, meaning "terrible lizard" in Latin. Despite some speculation that he also was a creationist, he proposed that man evolved from fish in "The Nature of Limbs" in 1849. Having said that, he was more spiritually inclined than Charles Darwin and heavily criticized some of his ideas.

Thomas Huxley (known as "Darwin's Bulldog") embarked on a vicious smear campaign against Owen in an attempt to discredit him.