1902 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 1902.

Archosauromorphs[edit]

Newly named phytosaurs[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Rileya[2]

Gen. et sp. nov

Preoccupied

von Huene

Rhaetian

A junior homonym of Rileya Ashmead, 1888 (hymenopteran). Renamed Rileyasuchus Kuhn, 1961.

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[3]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes
Dacentrurus[4] Gen. nov. Valid taxon Frederic Augustus Lucas Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Kimmeridge Clay  France,  Spain,  Portugal,  UK A dacentrurine stegosaurid. New name for Omosaurus armatus Owen, 1875 non Leidy, 1856. Dacentrurus.png
Didanodon[5] Gen. nov. Nomen nudum Henry Fairfield Osborn Late Cretaceous, Campanian Dinosaur Park Formation  Canada A dubious hadrosaurid, possibly Lambeosaurus. Didanodon was a new genus name for Trachodon altidens Lambe, 1902.
Elosaurus parvus[6] Gen. et sp. nov. Junior synonym O.A. Peterson & Charles Whitney Gilmore Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Morrison Formation  US Genus is a junior synonym of Brontosaurus, while the species has been reassigned as Brontosaurus parvus. Apatosaurus Clean.png
Hoplitosaurus[4] Gen. nov. Valid taxon Frederic Augustus Lucas Early Cretaceous, Barremian Lakota Formation  USA New genus name for Stegosaurus marshi (Lucas, 1901). Hoplitosaurus femur.jpg
Onychosaurus[7]

gen et sp nov

Nomen dubium

Nopcsa

Late Cretaceous

A dubious name that may be a synonym of Zalmoxes.

Stegoceras[8]

gen et sp nov

Valid taxon

Lambe

Late Cretaceous

Belly River Group

 Canada,  USA

A pachycephalosaur. The Roofed Horns.

Stegoceras validum.jpg

Stereocephalus[8]

gen et sp nov

Preoccupied

Lambe

Late Cretaceous

Belly River Group

Later renamed Euoplocephalus.

Protorosaurs[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Procerosaurus[2]

gen et sp nov

jr synonym

jr synonym of Tanystropheus.

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. ^ a b Huene, F. von. 1902. Ubersicht uber die Reptilien der Trias. Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungne, n. f. 6 (1): 83 pages.
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ a b Lucas, F.A. (1902). "Paleontological notes: The generic name Omosaurus. A new generic name for Stegosaurus marshi". Science. 16 (402): 435. 
  5. ^ Osborn, H.F. (1902). "On Vertebrata of the Mid-Cretaceous of the Northwest Territory. I:Distinctive characters of the Mid-Cretaceous fauna". Contributions to Canadian Paleontology. 3 (4): 1–21. 
  6. ^ Peterson, O.A.; Gilmore, C.W. (1902). "Elosaurus parvus a new genus and species of Sauropoda". Annals of the Carnegie Museum. 1: 490–499. 
  7. ^ Nopcsa, F. (1902). "Notizen uber Cretacische Dinosaurier (Mochlodon u. Onychosaurus)". Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathnat. Kl. Wien. 39: 42–44. 
  8. ^ a b Lambe, L.M. 1902. New genera and species from the Belly River Series (mid-Cretaceous). Contrib. Canadian Palaeonto1. Geol. Surv. Can. 3: pp. 25-81.