Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is the author of Impossible Monsters: Dinosaurs, Darwin, and the War between Science and Religion (Bodley Head).

Dinosaurs and culture wars

Last week marked the 200th anniversary of the most significant evening in the history of palaeontology. On 20 February 1824, the learned gentlemen of the Geological Society gathered at their rooms on Bedford Street in Covent Garden for a meeting that would transform human understanding of prehistoric life. To begin, the clergyman William Conybeare announced