1911 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 1911.

Expeditions, field work, and fossil discoveries[edit]

Institutions and organizations[edit]

Natural history museums[edit]

  • The Calgary Public Museum opened in Alberta, Canada.[2]

Scientific organizations[edit]

Scientific advances[edit]



Evolutionary biology[edit]


Extinction research[edit]


Invertebrate paleozoology[edit]

Trace fossils[edit]

Vertebrate paleozoology[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list[4] and Dr. Jeremy Montague's dinosaur genus database.[5]

Research techniques[edit]

Fossil trade[edit]

Law and politics[edit]

Regulation of fossil collection, transport, or sale[edit]

Fossil-related crime[edit]

Official symbols[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

Ethics and practice[edit]



Unethical practice[edit]



Awards and recognition[edit]


Historiography and anthropology of paleontology[edit]


Popular culture[edit]

Amusement parks and attractions[edit]








See also[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. ^ D. H. Tanke. 2010. Lost in plain sight: rediscovery of William E. Cutler's missing Eoceratops. In M. J. Ryan, B. J. Chinnery-Allgeier, D. A. Eberth (eds.), New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium. Indiana University Press, Bloomington 541-550.
  3. ^ Williston, S.W. (1911). "A new family of reptiles from the Permian of New Mexico". The American Journal of Science. 4 33: 378–398. 
  4. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Montague, Jeremy. "Dr. Montague's Database" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d Broom, R. 1911. On the dinosaurs of the Stormberg, South Africa: Annals of the South African Museum 7: pp. 291-308.
  7. ^ Talbot, M. 1911. Podokesaurus holyokensis, a new dinosaur from the Triassic of the Connecticut Valley. Amer. J. Sci. (ser. 4) 31: pp. 469-479.
  8. ^ Sternfeld, R. 1911. Zur Nomenklature der Gattung Gigantosaurus Fraas: Stuttgarter Beitrage zur Naturkunde Fr. Berlin (1911) 8: p. 398.