1944 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 1944.

Dinosaurs[edit]

  • The only known fossils of Poekilopleuron are destroyed during the Allied liberation of Normandy.[2]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data coutersy of George Olshevky's dinosaur genera list.[3]

Name Status Authors Notes Images

Sanpasaurus[4]

Nomen dubium.

  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Sinopliosaurus

Valid

Young

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. ^ Farlow, James O.; M. K. Brett-Surmann (1999). The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 16. ISBN 0-253-21313-4. 
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ Young C.-C. 1944. On the reptilian remains from Weiyuan, Szechuan, China. Bull. Geol. Soc. China 24: pp. 187-209.