I’d forgotten that Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) had written about dinosaurs.
- Eve's Diary
"The less said about the pterodactyl the better. It was a spectacle, that beast! a mixture of buzzard and alligator, a sarcasm, an affront to all animated nature, a butt for the ribald jests of an unfeeling world. After some ages Nature perceived that to put feathers on a reptile does not ennoble it, does not make it a bird, but only a sham, a joke, a grotesque curiosity, a monster; also that there was no useful thing for the pterodactyl to do, and nothing likely to turn up in the future that could furnish it employment. And so she abolished it." - "Flies and Russians," Fables of Man
From Twainquotes.com. Thanks to Judy!