1850 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 1850.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Heterosaurus

Junior synonym

Cornuel

Junior subjective synonym of Iguanodon.

Pelorosaurus[2]

Valid

Mantell

See also[edit]

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. ^ Mantell, G A. 1850. On the Pelorosaurus an undescribed gigantic terrestrial reptile. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. London 140: pp. 379-390.