1885 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 1885.


Newly named basal archosauromorphs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes
Epicampodon Junior synonym Richard Lydekker Early Triassic Junior objective synonym of Ankistrodon, a member of Proterosuchidae.

Newly named non-avian dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Anchisaurus Valid Othniel Charles Marsh Early Jurassic Portland Formation An anchisaurid, a basal member of Anchisauria.
Camptosaurus Valid Othniel Charles Marsh Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian) Morrison Formation A camptosaurid; a member of Ankylopollexia.
Neosodon Valid de la Moussaye Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian) Unnamed unit A possible member of Turiasauria


Name Authors Age Location Notes Images
Cyonasua Ameghino 5 Million years ago It was one of the first placental mammals that came from North America.


  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.