The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! Lesson 4

Dinosaur History (Part 2)

by Ken Ham on January 1, 2000

The student should understand the history behind dinosaur discoveries and the word dinosaur.


  • Genesis 1:24–31


Teachers should read the Scripture and text for each lesson prior to teaching it. You should be able to answer the questions below prior to asking them of the student. We have included page numbers from the text where answers are found. Extra understanding can be gained by reading the footnotes for this section.


The student should understand the history behind dinosaur discoveries and the word dinosaur.


Have the student read Scripture out loud. Have student read the text, pp. 31–33, 38–39, 42–43, 47–48, 52, 132–142.


  1. Who was the first person to discover dinosaurs? (p. 31)
  2. How do we know that dinosaurs lived with people? (p. 32)
  3. Discuss the origin of the word dinosaur. (pp. 30–32; 135–137)
  4. Why isn’t the word dinosaur found in the Bible? (pp. 32, 68)
  5. What were dinosaurs called before the word dinosaur was invented?
  6. Research the use of the word dragon in the Old Testament. Carefully studying the context surrounding the word, try to determine which passages probably refer to dinosaurs or dinosaur-like creatures.


The word dinosaur is a relatively recent addition to the English language. People living before this word was invented used various other names, including dinosaur, for the creatures we today call dinosaur. But from the time of Adam, these creatures have been part of God’s creation, testifying to His awesome power.

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