1945 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 1945.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list[2] and Dr. Jeremy Montague's dinosaur genus database.[3]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Gwyneddosaurus[4] Valid taxon
  • Bock

Misidentified non-dinosaurian reptile.

Neosaurus[5] Valid taxon

Gilmore vide:

  • Gilmore &
  • Stewart

Preoccupied by Nopsca, 1923. Renamed Parrosaurus.

Parrosaurus[6]

Nomen dubium.

  • Gilmore

Possible subjective synonym of Hypsibema

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. ^ Montague, Jeremy. "Dr. Montague's Database". Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ Bock, W. 1945. A new small Reptile from the Triassic of Pennsylvania. Notulae Naturae 154: pp. 1-8.
  5. ^ Gilmore vide Gilmore, C.W. and D.R. Stewart. 1945. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Missouri. J. Paleontol. 19: pp. 23- 29/Nopcsa, F. 1923. Die Familien der Reptilien. Fortschr. Geol. Palaeontol. 2: pp. 1-210.
  6. ^ Gilmore, C.W. 1945. Parrosaurus, n. name, replacing Neosaurus Gilmore 1945. J. Paleontol. 19: p. 540.