Indubitable dinosaur, Atlantosaurus, hall!
Thou, gecko aggrandized into a quadrupedal whale;
I marvel at thy magnitude, I wonder at thy weight,
I bow me down before thee, thou organic ultimate!
Big, bulky Brobdingnaggian beast! Exceeding in thy size
All living things upon the land e'er seen by hitman eyes!
Illimitable lizard, incommensurable newt,
Interminable tadpole, inexsuperable brute! . . .
The creature thus celebrated was a 60-ft. plant-feeding dinosaur, tentatively named Atlantosaurus montanus, discovered in Colorado. The verses were composed by an author-traveler named Frank Cowan of Greensburg, Pa., published in Vol. III, No. 1, of...