1888 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 1888.

Newly named plants[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes

Aachenosaurus

Nomen dubium

Smets

Misidentified piece of petrified wood.[2]

Dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Location Notes Images
Ceratops Nomen dubium Othniel Charles Marsh Preoccupied by Rafinesque, 1815. Later unnecessarily renamed Proceratops.
Cumnoria Valid Harry Govier Seeley A member of Ankylopollexia.
Pleurocoelus Valid Othniel Charles Marsh A contested synonym for Astrodon.[3]
Priconodon Nomen dubium Othniel Charles Marsh

Birds[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Notes
Neochen pugil Valid Oluf Winge

Plesiosaurs[edit]

Newly named plesiosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Location Images
Trinacromerum Valid Cragin

Pterosaurs[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Location Images
Palaeohatteria Valid Credner
Phocosaurus Valid Seeley

See also[edit]

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. ^ John Wright (2014). The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 47–49. ISBN 978-1-4088-2035-3. 
  3. ^ Rose, Peter J. (2007). "A new titanosauriform sauropod (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Early Cretaceous of central Texas and its phylogenetic relationships". Palaeontologia Electronica. 10 (2).