1866 in paleontology

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List of years 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 1866.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Location Notes

Calamospondylus

Nomen dubium

  • Fox

vide:

Euskelosaurus

Valid

Thomas Henry Huxley

Laelaps

Preoccupied.

Edward Drinker Cope

Preoccupied by Koch, 1836. Renamed Dryptosaurus.

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Location Notes Images

Haptodus

Valid Gaudry 286 millions of years ago

Triglyphus

Valid

Fraas

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.