1888 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 1888.

Newly named plants[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Aachenosaurus

Valid.

Smets

Misidentified piece of petrified wood.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Ceratops Nomen dubium Othniel Charles Marsh Preoccupied by Rafinesque, 1815. Later unnecessarily renamed Proceratops.
Cumnoria Valid Harry Govier Seeley A member of Ankylopollexia.
Pleurocoelus Valid Othniel Charles Marsh
Priconodon Nomen dubium Othniel Charles Marsh

Plesiosaurs[edit]

Newly named plesiosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Trinacromerum Valid Cragin

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes
Ptenodracon Valid Lydekker

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes
Palaeohatteria
Phocosaurus Valid Seeley

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.