1924 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 1924.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

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

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Asiatosaurus[3] Nomen dubium

?Barremian-earliest Aptian

Öösh Formation

 Mongolia

An indeterminate sauropod.

Chirostenotes[4] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Dinosaur Park Formation

 Canada

An elmisaurid.

Dyoplosaurus[5] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Dinosaur Park Formation

 Canada

An ankylosaurid.

"Fenestrosaurus"[6] Nomen nudum.

Same as Oviraptor.

Lycorhinus[7] Valid taxon
  • Haughton

Hettangian-Sinemurian

Elliot Formation

 South Africa

A heterodontosaurid.

Melanorosaurus[7] Valid taxon
  • Haughton

late Norian-Rhaetian

Elliot Formation

 South Africa

A melanorosaurid.

"Ornithoides"[8] Nomen nudum.

Same as Saurornithoides

Oviraptor[8] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Djadochta Formation

 Mongolia

An oviraptorid.

"Ovoraptor"[6] Nomen nudum.

Same as Velociraptor

Prodeinodon Nomen dubium.

?Barremian-early Aptian

Öösh Formation

 Mongolia

An indeterminate theropod.

Saurornithoides[6] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Djadochta Formation

 Mongolia

A troodontid.

Velociraptor[8] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Djadochta Formation

 Mongolia

A velociraptorine dromaeosaurid.

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[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. ^ Osborn, H.F. 1924. Sauropoda and Theropoda of the Lower Cretaceous of Mongolia. Amer. Mus. Novitates 128: pp. 1-7.
  4. ^ Gilmore, C.W. 1924. A new coelurid dinosaur from the Belly River Cretaceous of Alberta. Bull. Can. Dept. Mines Geol. Surv. 38: pp. 1-12.
  5. ^ Parks, W.A. 1924. Dyoplosaurus acutosquameus, a new genus and species of armored dinosaur; with notes on a skeleton of Prosaurolophus maximus. Univ. Toronto Stud. (Geol. Ser.) 18: pp. 1-35.
  6. ^ a b c Osborn, H.F. 1924. The discovery of an unknown continent. Nat. Hist. 24: pp. 133-149.
  7. ^ a b Haughton, S.H. 1924. The fauna and stratigraphy of the Stormberg series. Ann. South Africa Museum 12: pp. 323-497.
  8. ^ a b c Osborn, H.F. 1924. Three new Theropoda, Protoceratops zone, central Mongolia. Amer. Mus. Novitates 144: pp. 1-12.