1846 in paleontology

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Paleontology, palaeontology or palæontology (from Greek: paleo, "ancient"; ontos, "being"; and logos, "knowledge") is the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils.[1] This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, fossilised feces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. Because mankind has encountered fossils for millennia, paleontology has a long history both before and after becoming formalized as a science. This article records significant discoveries and events related to paleontology that occurred in the year 1846.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Smilodon[2]

Misidentification.

Plieninger

A misidentified phytosaur. The name was also preoccupied by the well known species of prehistoric cat. The genus was later renamed Zanclodon.

Zanclodon

Misidentification.

Plieninger

A misidentified phytosaur formerly known as Smilodon.

Zanclodon was actually a phytosaur like this Rutiodon.

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Cimoliornis

Jr. synonym.

Owen

Jr. synonym of Ornithocheirus.

Rhamphorhynchus

Valid

von Meyer

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images

Scymnorhinus

Valid

Bonaparte

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gini-Newman, Garfield; Graham, Elizabeth (2001). Echoes from the past: world history to the 16th century. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. ISBN 9780070887398. OCLC 46769716. 
  2. ^ Plieninger, T. 1846. Ueber ein neues Sauriergenus. Jahreschefte Verein fur Vaterlandische Naturkunde in Wurttemberg 2.