1909 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 1909.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

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

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Hierosaurus[3] Valid taxon
  • Wieland

Late Cretaceous (Coniacian-Santonian)

Niobrara Formation

 United States

A nodosaurid.

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Picrocleidus

Valid

Andrews

Callovian

Oxford Clay Formation

A cryptoclidid.

Simolestes

Valid

Andrews

Callovian

Oxford Clay Formation

A thalassophonean pliosaurid.

Tricleidus

Valid

Andrews

Callovian

Oxford Clay Formation

A cryptoclidid.

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Bauria

Valid

Robert Broom

Early Triassic

Cynognathus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A bauriid theriodont.

People[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. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Wieland. G. 1909. A new armored saurian from the Niobrara. Amer. J. Sci. (ser. 4) 27: pp. 250- 252.
  4. ^ Farlow, James O.; M. K. Brett-Surmann (1999). The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 15. ISBN 0-253-21313-4.