1952 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 1952.

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 Age Unit Location Notes Images
"Syrmosaurus"[4] Junior synonym

Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Turonian)

Bayan Shireh Formation

 Mongolia

Junior synonym of Pinacosaurus.

Talarurus[5] Valid taxon

Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Turonian)

Bayan Shireh Formation

 Mongolia

An ankylosaurid.

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Styxosaurus

Valid

Welles

Valid

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images

'

Valid

'

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. ^ Montague, Jeremy. "Dr. Montague's Database". Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ Maleev, E. A. (1952). "Новое семейство бронированные динозавры из верхнего производство мела Монголии" [A new family of armored dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia]. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR 87: 131–134. 
  5. ^ Maleev, E. A. (1952). "Новый анкилозавр из верхнего мела Монголии" [A new ankylosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia]. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR 87: 273–276.