1842 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 1842.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Belodon[2]

Misidentification.

von Meyer

Misidentified phytosaur.

Brachytaenius[2]

Misidentification.

von Meyer

Dubious non-dinosaurian reptile.

Belodon was actually a phytosaur.

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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 Meyer, H. von. 1842. Notes on labyrinthodonts and fossil reptiles, including a description of Belodon plieningeri, new gen. and sp. Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Geologie und Palaontologie 1842, pp. 301-304.