1964 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 1964.

    Arthropods[edit]

    Newly named insects[edit]

    Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

    Poneropsis hypolitha[2]

    Comb nov

    Syn

    (Cockerell)

    Late Eocene

    Bembridge Marls

    A Dolichoderin ant
    jr synonym of Emplastus hypolithus

    Mollusca[edit]

    Newly named bivalves[edit]

    Name Novelty Status Authors Age Location Notes Images

    Similodonta.[3]

    Gen et sp nov

    Valid

    Soot-Reyn

    Middle Ordovician to Middle Silurian

    New genus and species with five other species moved from other genera

    Archosauromorphs[edit]

    Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

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

    Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
    Chilantaisaurus[5] Valid taxon
    • Hu S.

    Late Cretaceous (Turonian)

    Ulansuhai Formation

    A member of Neovenatoridae.

    Eustreptospondylus[6] Valid taxon

    Middle Jurassic (Callovian)

    Oxford Clay

    A megalosaurid.

    Fabrosaurus[7] Nomen dubium.

    Early Jurassic (Sinemurian-Pliensbachian)

    Upper Elliot Formation

    A dubious ornithischian.

    Metriacanthosaurus[6] Valid taxon

    Late Jurassic (Oxfordian)

    Oxford Clay

    A member of Metriacanthosauridae.

    Newly named birds[edit]

    Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

    Agriocharis progenes [8]

    Sp. nov.

    Valid

    Brodkorb

    Blancan

    A Meleagridae.

    Anabernicula oregonensis [9]

    Sp. nov.

    Valid

    Howard

    Middle Pleistocene

    Fossil Lake

    An Anatidae.

    Asio priscus [10]

    Sp. nov.

    Valid

    Howard

    Late Pleistocene

    Santa Rosa Island Formation

    A Strigidae.

    Nettion greeni [11]

    Sp. nov.

    jr synonym

    Brodkorb

    Early Pliocene

    Ash Hollow Formation

    An Anatidae, transferred to Anas greeni.

    Tympanonesiotes [12]

    Gen et Sp. nov.

    jr synonym?

    Hopson

    Early Miocene

    Hawthorne Formation

    A Pseudodontornithidae, type species T. wetmorei,
    transferred tentatively to Pelagornis wetmorei

    Plesiosaurs[edit]

    New taxa[edit]

    Name Status Authors Notes

    Strongylokrotaphus

    junior synonym

    Novozhilov

    junior synonym of Pliosaurus

    Pterosaurs[edit]

    New taxa[edit]

    Name Status Authors Location Notes Images

    Dsungaripterus

    Valid

    Young

    A Crested Shellfish-eating Pterosaur.

    Germanodactylus

    Valid

    Yang

    The German Finger.

    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. ^ Antropov AV, Belokobylskij SA, Compton SG, Dlussky GM, Khalaim AI, KolyadaVA, Kozlov MA, PerfilievaKS, Rasnitsyn AP (2014). "The wasps, bees and ants (Insecta: Vespida=Hymenoptera) from the Insect Limestone (Late Eocene) of the Isle of Wight, UK". Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 104 (3-4): 335–446. doi:10.1017/S1755691014000103. 
    3. ^ Cope, J.C.W. (1999). "Middle Ordovician bivalves from Mid-Wales and the Welsh Borderland". Palaeontology. 42 (3): 467–499. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00081. 
    4. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
    5. ^ Hu S. 1964. Carnosaurian remains from Alashan, Inner Mongolia. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 8: pp. 42-63.
    6. ^ a b Walker, A.D. 1964. Triassic Reptiles from the Elgin area: Ornithosuchus and the origin of Carnosaurs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, series B 248: pp. 53- 135.
    7. ^ Ginsburg, L. 1964. Decouverte d'un Scelidosaurian (Dinosaure ornithischien) dans le Trias superieur du Basutoland. Compte rendu hebdomadaire des seances de l’Academie des Sciences Paris, tomo 258: pp. 2366-2368.
    8. ^ Brodkorb, P (1964). "Notes of Fossil Turkeys" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences. 27 (3): 223–229. 
    9. ^ Howard, H (1964). "A New Species of "Pygmee Goose," Anabernicula, from the Oregon Pleistocene, with a Discussion of the genus" (PDF). American Museum Novitates. 2200: 1–14. 
    10. ^ Howard, H (1964). "A fossil owl from Santa Rosa Island" (PDF). Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. 163: 27–31. 
    11. ^ Brodkorb, P (1964). "A Pliocene Teal from South Dakota". Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences. 27 (1): 55–58. 
    12. ^ Hopson, JA (1964). "Pseudodontornis and Other Large Marine Birds from the Miocene of South Carolina" (PDF). Postilla, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University. 83: 1–19.