1852 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 1852.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Aepisaurus[2]

Nomen dubium

Gervais

Early Cretaceous (Albian)

Grès vert

 France

A possible camarasaurid.

Oplosaurus[2]

Nomen dubium

Gervais

Early Cretaceous (Barremian)

Wessex Formation

 England

A sauropod of unknown affinities.

Aepisaurus limb bone.

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Brachytrachelus

Preoccupied.

Geibel

preoccupied name; now known as Scaphognathus

Ctenochasma

Valid

von Meyer

Macrotrachelus

Jr. synonym.

Giebel

Jr. synonym of Pterodactylus.

Paleontologists[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. ^ a b Gervais, P. 1852. Zoologie et paleontology francaise (animauz vertebras): Paris v. 1, iv + 271 (text), v. 2, explanation of plates, v. 3, Plates;
  3. ^ Farlow, James O.; M. K. Brett-Surmann (1999). The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 8. ISBN 0-253-21313-4.