1959 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 1959.

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
Chialingosaurus[4] Valid taxon.

Clarencea[5]

Misidentification.

  • Brink

Junior synonym of non-dinosaurian Sphenosuchus.

Pachysauriscus[6]

Junior synonym

  • Kuhn

Junior synonym of Plateosaurus.

Palaeosauriscus[6]

Junior synonym

  • Kuhn

Actually a juvenile Sellosaurus.

Plesiosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Scanisaurus

Valid

Persson

Stretosaurus

Valid

Tarlo

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Titanopteryx

Valid

Arambourg

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. ^ Young C.-C. 1959. On a new Stegosauria from Szechuan, China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 3: pp. 1- 8.
  5. ^ Brink, A.S. 1959. A new small thecodont from the Red Beds of the Stormberg series. Palaeontologia Africana 6: pp. 109–115.
  6. ^ a b Kuhn, O. 1959. Ein neuer Microsaurier aus dem deutschen Rotliegenden. N. Jb. Geol. Palaeontol. Mh. 1959: pp. 424-426;