1880 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 or were published in the year 1880.

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Cretornis

Valid

Fritsch

middle Cretaceous (early Turonian)

Jizera Formation

 Czech Republic

A member of Azhdarchoidea.

Rhamphocephalus

Valid

Seeley

Middle Jurassic (Bathonian)

Taynton Limestone Formation

 England

A rhamphorhynchoid.

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Stereorhachis

Nomen dubium

Gaudry

Late Carboniferous

Coal deposits

 France

A member of Eothyrididae.

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.