1941 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 1941.

Arthropoda[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Valid
  • Martynova
Jurassic  Kazakhstan *P. turkestanica named as type species

Dinosaurs[edit]

  • Psittacosaurus gastroliths documented.[3]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data coutersy of George Olshevky's dinosaur genera list.[4]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Lufengosaurus[5] Valid taxon
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
Saurophagus[6] Valid taxon

Stovall vide:

  • Ray, 1941

Preoccupied by Swainson 1831.

"Succinodon"[7] Original fossil was petrified wood with mollusc borings that was misidentified as a jaw bone with tooth sockets.

Friedrich von Huene

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Aristonectes

Valid

Cabrera

Valid

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images

Bayloria

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. ^ Jepson, J.E.; Jarzembowski, E.A. (2008). "Two new species of snakefly (Insecta:Raphidioptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of England and Spain with a review of other fossil raphidiopterans from the Jurassic/Cretaceous transition". Alavesia 2: 193–201. 
  3. ^ Brown (1941). Sanders, Manley, and Carpenter (2001), "Table 12.1" page 167.
  4. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Young, C.-C. 1941. A complete osteology of Lufengosaurus huenei Young (gen. et sp. nov.) from Lufeng, Yunnan, China. Paleontol Sinica (N.S.) Ser. C7: pp. 1-53.
  6. ^ Stovall vide Ray, G.E. 1941. Big for his day. Nat. Hist. 48: pp. 36-39.
  7. ^ Huene, F. von. 1941. Die Tetrapoden-Fahrten im toskanischen Verrucano und ihre Bedeutung. N. Jb. Mineral. Geol. Palaeontol. 1941B: pp. 1-34.
  • Brown, B. 1941. The last dinosaurs. – Natural History 48: 290–295.
  • Sanders F, Manley K, Carpenter K. Gastroliths from the Lower Cretaceous sauropod Cedarosaurus weiskopfae. In: Tanke D.H, Carpenter K, editors. Mesozoic vertebrate life: new research inspired by the paleontology of Philip J. Currie. Indiana University Press; Bloomington, IN: 2001. pp. 166–180.