1890 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 1890.

Archosauromorphs[edit]

Newly named pseudosuchians[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Suchodus[2]

Valid

Richard Lydekker

Middle Jurassic (Callovian)

Oxford Clay Formation

 France
 UK

A metriorhynchid thalattosuchian.

Newly named non-avian dinosaurs[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Barosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Kimmeridgian-Tithonian

Morrison Formation

A very long-necked diplodocid.

Claosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Late Cretaceous (Coniacian-Santonian)

Niobrara Formation

 United States

A nodosaurid.

Ornithomimus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Late Cretaceous (Lancian)

Lance Formation

 United States

An ornithomimid.

Sauropterygia[edit]

New taxa[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Anarosaurus

Valid

Dames

Middle Triassic

Karlstadt Formation
Lower Muschelkalk

 Germany
 Netherlands

A pachypleurosaur.

Plants[edit]

Pteridophyta[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Azollophyllum primaevum[3]

jr synonym

Ypresian (Early Eocene)

Allenby Formation

 Canada

redescribed in 1955 by Arnold as Azolla primaeva

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. ^ Lydekker, R. 1890, Catalogue of the Fossil Reptilia and Amphibia in the British Museum (Natural History), Part IV. Containing the orders Anomodontia, Ecaudata, Caudata, and Labyrinthodonta, and Supplement, p. 1-295.
  3. ^ Arnold, C.A. (1955). "A Tertiary Azolla from British Columbia" (PDF). Contributions from the Museum of. Paleontology, University of Michigan. 12 (4): 37–45.