1917 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 1917.

Arthropods[edit]

Insects[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Tortrix? florissantana[2]

sp. nov

valid

Priabonian

Florissant Formation

 USA

A torticid moth

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list[3] and Dr. Jeremy Montague's dinosaur genus database.[4]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

"Archaeornis"[5]

gen. nov

Junior synonym

  • Petronievics

Tithonian

Solnhofen limestone

 Germany

Junior synonym of Archaeopteryx. Non-dinosaurian bird.

"Cheneosaurus"[6]

gen et sp nov

Junior synonym.

early Maastrichtian

Horseshoe Canyon Formation

 Canada

Junior synonym of Hypacrosaurus.

Edmontosaurus[7]

gen et sp nov

Valid taxon

late Campanian-late Maastrichtian

Horseshoe Canyon Formation
Lance Formation
Hell Creek Formation
Scollard Formation
Frenchman Formation

 Canada
 United States

A saurolophine hadrosaurid.

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Myosaurus

Valid

Prolystrosaurus

Valid

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. ^ Cockerell, T. D. A. (1907). "A fossil tortricid moth". Canadian Entomologist 39: 416. doi:10.4039/ent39416-12. 
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ Montague, Jeremy. "Dr. Montague's Database". Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  5. ^ Petronievics, B. and A.S. Woodward. 1917. On the pectoral and pelvic arches of the Britt.Mus. specimen of Archaeopteryx. Proc. Zool. Soc. London: pp. 1 - 16.
  6. ^ Lambe, L.M. 1917. On Cheneosaurus tolmanensis, a new genus and species of trachodont dinosaur from the Edmonton Cretaceous of Alberta. Ottawa Nat. 30: pp. 117- 123.
  7. ^ Lambe, L.M. 1917. A new genus and species of crestless hadrosaur from the Edmonton Formation of Alberta. Ottawa Nat. 31: pp. 65-73.