1908 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 1908.


Newly named basal archosauromorphs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images


Valid taxon.

  • Woodward

A rhynchosaur.

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Santa Maria Formation


A hyperodapedontid rhynchosaur.

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data coutersy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[2]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Ankylosaurus[3] Valid taxon

Late Cretaceous (Lancian)

Hell Creek Formation
Lance Formation
Scollard Formation

 United States

An ankylosaurid.



Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian)

Tendaguru Formation


Preoccupied by Harry Govier Seeley, 1869 renamed Tornieria.

Halticosaurus[5] Nomen dubium.

Late Triassic (early Norian)



A coelophysoid theropod.



Late Triassic (middle Norian)

Trossingen Formation


Preoccupied by Fitzinger, 1843 renamed Pachysauriscus.

Sellosaurus[6] Valid taxon

Late Triassic (early Norian)



A plateosaurid sauropodomorph.



Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images










  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. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Brown, B. 1908. The Ankylosauridae, a new family of armoured dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 24: pp. 187-201.
  4. ^ Fraas, E. 1908. Ostafrikanische Dinosaurier. Mitteilungen aus dem Kgl. Naturalien-Kabinett zu Stuttgart: pp.105-144.
  5. ^ Huene, F. von. 1907/1908. Die Dinosaurier der Europaiaschen Triasformation mit Berucksichtiging der aussereuropaischen Vorkommnisse. Geol. Paleont. Abhandl. Suppl. 1: pp. 1-419.
  6. ^ a b Huene, F. von. 1908. Eine Zusammensteilung uber die englische Trias und Alter ihre Fossilen. Centralblatt fur Mineralogie, Geologie und Palaontologie, Stuttgart 1908: pp. 9-17.