1886 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 1886.

Ichthyosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Ichthyosaurus cornalianus

Valid

Bassani

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Besano Formation

 Italy

Type species of the mixosaurid genus Mixosaurus Baur, 1887.

Archosaurs[edit]

Newly named basal archosauromorphs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Tribelesodon

Junior synonym

Bassani

Late Triassic

 Italy

Junior synonym of Tanystropheus, a member of Protorosauria.

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Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Naosaurus

Invalid

Cope

Early Permian

Red beds

 USA

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.