1942 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 1942.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

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

Name Status Authors Notes Images
"Anatosaurus"[3] Junior synonym of Edmontosaurus.
  • Wright
"Anatosaurus" --> Edmontosaurus
"Chienkosaurus"[4] Junior synonym of Szechuanosaurus.
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
Sinocoelurus[4] Valid taxon
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
"Spondylosoma"[5] Non-dinosaurian archosaur.
Szechuanosaurus[4] Nomen dubium
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
Yunnanosaurus[6] Valid taxon
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images

Broomosuchus

Valid

Rubidgina

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. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Lull, R.S. and N.E. Wright. 1942. Hadrosaurian dinosaurs of North America. Geological Society of America Special Papers 40:pp. 1-242.
  4. ^ a b c Young C.-C. 1942. Fossil vertebrates from Kuangynan, N. Szechuan, China. Bull. Geol. Soc. China 22: pp. 293-309.
  5. ^ Huene, F. Von. 1942. Die fossilen Reptilien des sudamerikanischen Gondwanalandes. Ergebnisse der Sauriergrabuiigen in Shdbrasilien 1928/29. Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Munich.
  6. ^ Young . C.C. 1942. Yunnanosauris huangi (gen. et sp. nov.) a new Prosauropoda from the rede Beds at Lufeng, Yunnan. Bull Geol. Soc. China. 22: pp. 63-104.