1967 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 1967.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[2]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Pisanosaurus[3] Valid taxon

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Ischigualasto Formation

 Argentina

A primitive ornithischian.

Newly named birds[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Aechmophorus elasson [4]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Bertram G. Murray, Jr.

Late Pliocene

Glenns Ferry Formation

 USA:

 Idaho

A Podicipedidae.

Asio brevipes [5]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Norman L. Ford

Bertram G. Murray, Jr.

Late Pliocene

Glenns Ferry Formation

 USA:

 Idaho

A Strigidae.

Eogrus wetmorei [6]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Pierce Brodkorb

Late Miocene

Tungur Formation

 Mongolia:

 Florida

A Gruiformes, Eogruidae Wetmore, 1934. Described as Eogrus sp. by Wetmore in 1934, named in 1967.

Gallinula kansarum [6]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Pierce Brodkorb

Early Pliocene

Bone Valley Formation

 USA:

 Florida

A Rallidae. Described as Fulica americana by Wetmore in 1940, recognized in 1967.

Hirundo aprica [7]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Alan Feduccia

Late Pliocene

Rexroad Formation

 USA:

 Kansas

A Hirundinidae.

Limosa ossivallis [6]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Pierce Brodkorb

Early Pliocene

Bone Valley Formation

 USA:

 Florida

A Scolopacidae. Described as Limosa sp, by Brodkorb in 1955, named in 1967.

Ortalis affinis [8]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Alan Feduccia

R. L. Wilson

Early Pliocene

Ogallala Formation

 USA:

 Kansas

A Cracidae.

Pararallus hassenkampi [9]

Gen. nov. et Sp. nov.

Valid

Erlend Martini

Early/Middle Oligocene

MP 21-24

 Germany:

 Hessen

Described in the Rallidae, but better treated as Aves Incertae Sedis.

Pliolymbus baryosteus [4]

Gen. nov. et Sp. nov.

Valid

Bertram G. Murray, Jr.

Late Pliocene

Glenns Ferry Formation

 USA:

 Kansas

A Podicipedidae, this is the type species of the new genus.

Pliopicus brodkorbi [8]

Gen. nov et Sp. nov.

Valid

Alan Feduccia

R. L. Wilson

Early Pliocene

Ogallala Formation

 USA:

 Kansas

A Picidae.

Podiceps discors [4]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Bertram G. Murray, Jr.

Late Pliocene

Glenns Ferry Formation

 USA:

 Kansas

A Podicipedidae.

Podilymbus majusculus [4]

Sp. nov.

Valid

Bertram G. Murray, Jr.

Late Pliocene

Glenns Ferry Formation

 USA:

 Idaho

A Podicipedidae.

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Pteromonodactylus

Junior synonym

Teriaev

Late Jurassic (Tithonian)

Solnhofen Limestone

 Germany

A junior synonym of Rhamphorhynchus.

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Massetognathus

Valid

Alfred Sherwood Romer

Middle Triassic

Chañares Formation

 Argentina

A traversodontid cynodont.

Limnostygis

Valid

Carroll

Pennsylvanian

 US

A member of Limnoscelidae.

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. ^ Casamiquela, R.M. 1967. Un nuevo Dinosaurio Ornithisquio Triasico (Pisanosaurus mertii: Ornithopoda) de la Formacion Ischigualasto, Argentina. Ameghiniana 4 (2): pp. 47-60.
  4. ^ a b c d Murry, BG Jr. (1967). "Grebes from the Late Pliocene of North America". Condor 69: 277–288. 
  5. ^ Norman L. Ford & Bertram G. Murray, Jr. (1967). "Fossil Owls from the Hagerman Local Fauna (Upper Pliocene) of Idaho". Auk 84 (1): 115–117. 
  6. ^ a b c Pierce Brodkorb (1967). "Catalogue of Fossil Birds. Part 3 (Ralliformes, Ichthyornithiformes, Charadriiformes)". Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 11: 99–220. 
  7. ^ Alan Feduccia (1967). "A New Swallow from the Fox Canyon Local Fauna (Upper Pliocene) of Kansas". Condor 69: 526–527. 
  8. ^ a b Alan Feduccia & R. L. Wilson (1967). "Avian Fossils from the Lower Pliocene of Kansas". Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University Michigan 655: 1–6. 
  9. ^ Erlend Martini (1967). "Pararallus hassenkampi n.sp., eine Neue Rallen-Art (Aves) aus dem Oligozän von Sieblos/Rhön". Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandelungen 127: 288–292.