1910 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 1910.


Newly named insects[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images


Gen nov




Baltic amber


Fossil Agroecomyrmecin ant,
new genus for moved to Myrmica duisburgi


  • AMNH 5244, a ceratopsian braincase, was found isolated during an American Museum of Natural History Barnum Brown-led expedition.[3]

Newly named phytosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images




possibly Late Triassic



Preoccupied by Mesorhinus Ameghino, 1885; renamed Mesorhinosuchus Kuhn, 1961.




Late Triassic (Norian)

Chinle Formation

 United States

New genus for "Belodon" buceros Cope, 1881; preoccupied by Metarhinus Osborn, 1908; renamed Machaeroprosopus Mehl in Mehl, Toepemann, and Schwartz, 1916

Newly named basal dinosauriforms[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Saltopus[5] Valid taxon

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Lossiemouth Sandstone


Probably a non-dinosaurian dinosauriforme.[6]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[7]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Euoplocephalus[8] Valid taxon

Late Campanian

Dinosaur Park Formation

An ankylosaurine ankylosaurid.

"Hecatasaurus"[9] Junior synonym.


Sânpetru Formation


Junior objective synonym of Telmatosaurus.

Kritosaurus[9] Valid

Late Cretaceous (late Campanian)

Kirtland Formation
Cerro del Pueblo Formation


A saurolophine hadrosaurid, a member of Kritosaurini.

"Nectosaurus"[10] Preoccupied name.
  • Versluys

Late Cretaceous (late Campanian)

Kirtland Formation
Cerro del Pueblo Formation


Preoccupied name by Merriam, 1905. Renamed Kritosaurus.



Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images



Robert Broom

Middle Permian

Pristerognathus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A member of Gorgonopsidae.

Galepus skull




Late Permian

Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A member of Galeopsidae.


Junior synonym

Ermin Cowles Case

Early Permian

Arroyo Formation


A junior synonym of the pelycosaur Varanosaurus.


  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. ^ Wheeler, W. M. (1915). "The ants of the Baltic amber". Schriften der Physikalisch-Okonomischen Gesellschaft zu Konigsberg 55 (4): 56–59. 
  3. ^ "Abstract," Makovicky (2001); page 243.
  4. ^ a b Jaekel, O. (1910). Ueber einen neuen Belodonten aus dem Buntsandstein von Bernburg. Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin, 5:197-229.
  5. ^ Huene, F. von. 1910. Ein primitiver Dinosaurier aus der mittleren Trias von Elgin. Geol. Palaeontol. Abhandl. 8: pp. 317-322.
  6. ^ Michael J. Benton and Alick D. Walker†. 2011. "Saltopus, a dinosauriform from the Upper Triassic of Scotland", Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Volume 101, Special Issue 3-4, pp 285 - 299 Royal Society of Edinburgh 2011. Published online: 17 May 2011 doi:10.1017/S1755691011020081
  7. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  8. ^ Lambe, L.M. 1910. Note on the parietal crest of Centrosaurus apertus, and a proposed new generic name for Stereocephalus tutus. Ottawa Nat. 14: pp. 149-151.
  9. ^ a b Brown, B. 1910. The Cretaceous Ojo Alamo beds of New Mexico with description of the new dinosaur genus Kritosaurus. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 28; pp. 267-274.
  10. ^ Versluys, J. 1910. Streptostylie bel Dinosauriern, nebst Bemerkungen uber die Verwandtschaft der Vogel und Dinosaurier. Zool. Jb., Anat. 30: pp. 175-260.


  • Makovicky, P. J., 2001, A Montanoceratops cerorhynchus (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) braincase from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta: In: Mesozoic Vertebrate Life, edited by Tanke, D. H., and Carpenter, K., Indiana University Press, pp. 243–262.