1837 in paleontology
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. 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 1837.
Newly named dinosaurs
Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.
|Gen. et sp. nov.||Valid||Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer||Late Triassic||Feuerletten Formation, Fleming Fjord Formation, Knollenmergel, Marnes Irisees Superieures Formation, Obere Bunte Mergel Stubensandstein, Trossingen Formation||France, Norway, Germany, Greenland, Switzerland||German paleontologist Hermann von Meyer formally named and described Plateosaurus. This was the first described prosauropod, and is still the one we know most about.|
Newly named mammals
Early Miocene to Early Pliocene
- 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.
- Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- Meyer, H. von (1837). "Mitteilung an prof, Bronn (Plateosaurus engelhardti)". Neues Jahrbuch Mineral Geol. Palaeontol. 1837: 317.
- Farlow, James O.; M. K. Brett-Surmann (1999). The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-253-21313-4.