1840 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 1840.

Anapsids[edit]

Newly named anapsids[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Palaeosaurus

Preoccupied

Fitzinger

Early Permian

Unnamed unit (coal deposits)

 Czech Republic

Preoccupied by a non-dinosaurian archosaur named by Geoffroy Saint-Hilare in 1833. Renamed Sphenosaurus. A procolophonid.

Archosauromorphs[edit]

Newly named basal archosauromorphs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Paleosaurus

Nomen dubium

Riley

Stutchbury

Late Triassic (?Rhaetian)

Magnesian Conglomerate

 England

An archosaur of unknown affinities

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[2]

Name Status Authors Notes

Hylosaurus[3]

Valid

Fitzinger

Junior synonym of Hylaeosaurus.

Therosaurus[3]

Valid

Fitzinger

An iguanodont. New name for "Iguanodon" mantelli von Meyer (1832) (=Iguanodon anglicus Holl (1829)).

Plesiosaurs[edit]

Newly named plesiosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Plesiosaurus arcuatus

Valid

Owen

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Blue Lias

 United Kingdom

A rhomaleosaurid.

Plesiosaurus brachyspondylus

Valid

Owen

Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian)

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

 United Kingdom

A thalassophonean pliosaurid.

Plesiosaurus hawkinsii

Valid

Owen

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Blue Lias

 United Kingdom

A pliosaurid.

Plesiosaurus rugosus

Valid

Owen

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Blue Lias

 United Kingdom

A microcleidid.

Plesiosaurus trochantericus

Valid

Owen

Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian)

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

 United Kingdom

A cryptoclidid.

Mammals[edit]

Newly named cetaceans[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Squalodon

Valid taxon.

Grateloup

Early Miocene (Burdigalian)

Unnamed unit

 France

A squalodontid.

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. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ a b Fitzinger, L.J. 1840. Über Palaeosaurus sternbergii, eine neue Gattung vorweltlicher Reptilien und die Stellung dieser Thiere im Systeme überhaupt. Wiener Mus. Annalen II: pp. 175-187 + plate XI.