The first fossils of Ceratosaurus were discovered, described, and name in 1884 by the great dinosaur hunter, Othniel C. Marsh.
Scientists classify living things, including animals, using a hierarchical system of names. The lowest two levels in this system are the Genus (which refers to a closely related group of animals), and the Species (animals so closely related that they can breed and produce fertile offspring). The Genus and Species are often used in combination to identify a particular animal (this is known as the "Scientific Name" or "Binomen") of the animal. This system of naming animals is known as "Binomial nomenclature".
Othniel C. Marsh chose the name:
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