1873 in paleontology

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Paleontology or palaeontology (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 humans have 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 1873.

Arthropods[edit]

Newly named insects[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Bothriomyrmex constricta[2]

Comb nov

Jr synonym

(Mayr)

Lutetian

Baltic amber

 Europe

Fossil Dolichoderin ant
jr synonym of Anonychomyrma constricta

Bothriomyrmex geinitzi[2]

Comb nov

Jr synonym

Mayr

Lutetian

Baltic amber

 Europe

Fossil Dolichoderin ant, jr synonym of Anonychomyrma geinitzi

Sauropterygia[edit]

Newly named plesiosaurs[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Liopleurodon

Gen et sp nov

Valid

Sauvage

Callovian

 France

A pliosaurid

Ichthyosaurs[edit]

Newly named ichthyosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Cetarthrosaurus[3]

Valid

Seeley

late Albian/early Cenomanian

Cambridge Greensand Formation

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. ^ a b Wheeler, W. M. (1915). "The ants of the Baltic amber". Schriften der Physikalisch-Okonomischen Gesellschaft zu Konigsberg. 55 (4): 56–59. 
  3. ^ Harry G. Seeley (1873). "On Cetarthrosaurus walkeri (Seeley), an Ichthyosaurian from the Cambridge Upper Greensand". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 29: 505–507. doi:10.1144/gsl.jgs.1873.029.01-02.43.