1954 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 1954.

Arthropods[edit]

Insects[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Parastylotermes frazieri[2]

Sp. nov

valid

Snyder

Miocene

 USA

A Stylotermitid termite.

Archosauromorphs[edit]

Dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[3]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Mamenchisaurus[4] Valid taxon

Late Jurassic (late Callovian-early Oxfordian)

Shangshaximiao Formation

 China

A mamenchisaurid. The type species is M. constructus.

Rebbachisaurus[5] Valid taxon

Early-Late Cretaceous (Albian-Cenomanian)

Tegana Formation

 Morocco

A rebbachisaurid.

Therizinosaurus[6] Valid taxon

Late Cretaceous (late Campanian-early Maastrichtian)

Nemegt Formation

 Mongolia

A therizinosaurid.

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Discovery year Age Unit Location Notes Images

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Valid

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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. ^ Snyder, T.E. (1955). "A new fossil termite, Parastylotermes frazieri, from California (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae)". Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 57 (2): 79–80. 
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ Young C.-C. 1954. On a new sauropod from Yiping. Szechuan, China. Acta Palaeontol. Sinica 2: pp. 355-369.
  5. ^ René Lavocat. 1954. Sur les Dinosauriens du continental intercalaire des Kem-Kem de la Daoura. C. R. 19th Internatl. Geol. Congr. (1952): pp. 65-68.
  6. ^ Maleev, E.A. 1954. A new turtle-like saurian in Mongolia. Priroda (1954): pp. 106-108.