1963 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 1963.

Expeditions, field work, and fossil discoveries[edit]

Institutions and organizations[edit]

Natural history museums[edit]

Scientific organizations[edit]

Scientific advances[edit]

Paleoanthropology[edit]

Paleobotany[edit]

Evolutionary biology[edit]

Exopaleontology[edit]

Extinction research[edit]

Micropaleontology[edit]

Invertebrate paleozoology[edit]

Trace fossils[edit]

Vertebrate paleozoology[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

"Triassolestes"[2]

Gen et sp nov

preoccupied

Reig

Carnian

Ischigualasto Formation

 Argentina

A Crocodylomorph,
Preoccupied by Triassolestes Tillyard 1918.
Renamed Trialestes.

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[3]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Herrerasaurus[2] Valid taxon

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Ischigualasto Formation

 Argentina

A herrerasaurid.

"Ischisaurus"[2] Junior synonym of Herrerasaurus

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Ischigualasto Formation

 Argentina

A herrerasaurid.

"Tanystrosuchus"[4] Nomen dubium.
  • Kuhn

Late Triassic (Norian)

Stubensandstein

 Germany

Either a theropod or shuvosaurid.

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Palaeeudyptes marplesi[5]

Sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Late Eocene

Burnside Marl

 New Zealand

A Spheniscidae.

Paractitis [6]

Gen et sp. nov.

valid

Weigel

Early Oligocene

Cypress Hills Formation

 Canada

A Scolopacidae, type species P. bardi.

Phalacrocorax ibericum [7]

Sp. nov.

valid?

de Villalta Comella

Late Miocene

 Spain

A Phalacrocoracidae

Phoeniconotius[8]

Gen. et Sp. nov.

valid

Miller

Early Miocene

Etadunna Formation

 Australia

A Phoenicopteridae, Type species P. eyrensis

Phoenicopterus novaehollandiae [8]

Sp. nov.

valid

Miller

Early Miocene

Etadunna Formation

 Australasia

A Phoenicopteridae

Podiceps dixi [9]

Sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Middle Pleistocene

Reddick Beds

 USA

A Podicipedidae

Probalearica [10]

Gen. et Sp. nov.

jr synonym

Brodkorb

Early Miocene

Hawthorne Formation

 USA

A Gruidae, type species P. crataegensis,
transferred to Balearica

Puffinus micraulax [10]

Sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Early Miocene

Hawthorne Formation

 USA

A Sulidae.

Sula universitatis [10]

Sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Early Miocene

Hawthorne Formation

 USA

A Sulidae.

Titanis [11]

Gen et sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Late Blancan-Early Irvingtonian

 USA

A phorusrhacid.
Type species T. walleri

Torotix clemensi [12]

Gen et sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Late Cretaceous

Lance Formation

 USA

Possibly a Pelecaniform,
currently Aves Incertae Sedis.

Research techniques[edit]

Fossil trade[edit]

Law and politics[edit]

Regulation of fossil collection, transport, or sale[edit]

Fossil-related crime[edit]

Official symbols[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

Ethics and practice[edit]

Hoaxes[edit]

Scandals[edit]

Unethical practice[edit]

People[edit]

Births[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Historiography and anthropology of paleontology[edit]

Pseudoscience[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Amusement parks and attractions[edit]

Art[edit]

Comics[edit]

Film[edit]

Gaming[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • The last of the seven novels about Pellucidar, an underground world inhabited by dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, by Edgar Rice Burroughs was published.[13]

Philately[edit]

Television[edit]

See also[edit]

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 c Reig, O.A. 1963. La presencia de dinosaurios saurisquios en los "Estrados de Ischigualasto" (Mesotriasico superior) de las provincias de San Juan y La Rioja (Republica Argentina). Ameghiniana 3: pp. 3-20.
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ Kuhn, O. 1963. Ichnia Tetrapodorum. In: Fossilium Catalogus I: Animalia, part 101 (Westphal, F., ed.). W. Junk, The Hague, Netherlands: 176 pages.
  5. ^ Brodkorb, P (1963). "Catalogue of Fossil Birds. Part 1 (Archaeopterygiformes through Ardeiformes)". Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 7 (4): 179–293. 
  6. ^ Weigel, RD (1963). "Oligocene Birds from Saskatchewan" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences 26 (3): 257–262. 
  7. ^ de Villalta Comella, JF (1963). "Las Aves Fósiles del Mioceno Espańol". Boletin de la Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural (Sección Geológica) 6: 263–285. 
  8. ^ a b Miller, Alden Holmes (1963). "The Fossil Flamingos of Australia" (PDF). The Condor 65: 289–299. doi:10.2307/1365355. 
  9. ^ Brodkorb, P (1963). "A New Pleistocene Grebe from Florida" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences 26 (1): 53–55. 
  10. ^ a b c Brodkorb, P (1963). "Miocene Birds from the Hawthorne Formation in Florida" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences 26 (2): 159–167. 
  11. ^ Brodkorb, P (1963). "A Giant Flightless Bird from the Pleistocene of Florida" (PDF). Auk 80 (2): 111–115. doi:10.2307/4082556. 
  12. ^ Brodkorb, P (1963). "Birds from the Upper Cretaceous of Wyoming". Proceedings of the XIIIth International Ornithologists Congress 13: 55–70. 
  13. ^ Sarjeant, W. A. S., 2001, Dinosaurs in fiction: In: Mesozoic Vertebrate Life, edited by Tanke, D. H., and Carpenter, K., Indiana University Press, p. 504-529.