1872 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 1872.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Agathaumas

Nomen dubium

Edward Drinker Cope

Possible subjective synonym of Diceratops, Torosaurus, or Triceratops.

Colonosaurus

Misidentification.

Othniel Charles Marsh

Misidentified ichthyornithid bird, probably synonymous with Ichthyornis itself.

Eucamerotus

Nomen dubium

Hulke

Tylosteus

Nomen oblitum

Joseph Leidy

Subjective senior synonym of Pachycephalosaurus.

Tylosteus is probably the same as Pachycephalosaurus.

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.