1961 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 1961.

Plants[edit]

Angiosperms[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Acer palaeorufinerve[2]

sp nov

Valid

Tanai & Onoe

Miocene - Pliocene

Ningyo-toge Formation

 Japan

A maple, A member of the Macrantha section.

Archosauromorphs[edit]

Newly named phytosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Rileyasuchus[3] Nomen dubium.
  • Kuhn

A dubious phytosaur.

Newly named pseudosuchians[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
"Avalonianus"[3]

Misidentification.

  • Kuhn

Dubious non-dinosaurian archosaur.

"Dasygnathoides"[3]

Misidentification.

  • Kuhn

A junior synonym of Ornithosuchus.

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[4]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
"Astrodonius"[3]

Junior synonym.

  • Kuhn

Junior synonym of Astrodon.

Campylodoniscus[3] Nomen dubium.
  • Kuhn
"Pachysaurops"[5]

Junior synonym

Junior objective synonym of Pachysauriscus.

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. ^ Wolfe, J.A.; Tanai, T. (1987). "Systematics, Phylogeny, and Distribution of Acer (maples) in the Cenozoic of Western North America". Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. Series 4, Geology and mineralogy 22 (1): 1–246. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kuhn, O. 1961. Die Familien der rezenten und fossilen Amphibien und Reptilien. Meisenbach, Bamberg: 79 pages.
  4. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Huene, F. von. 1961. Palaontologie und Phylogenie der Niederen Tetrapoden. Nachtrage und Erganzungen. Fischer, Jena: 58 pages.