1904 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 1904.

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[2]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Algoasaurus[3]

Gen et sp nov

Nomen dubium.

Broom

Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous

Kirkwood Formation

now considered an indeterminate sauropod

Centrosaurus[4]

gen et sp nov

Valid

Lambe

Late Cretaceous

Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta

Type species: Centrosaurus apertus

Plesiosaurs[edit]

  • Plesiosaur gastroliths documented.[5]

Synapsids[edit]

Non-mammalian[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Glanosuchus

Gen et sp nov

Valid

Broom

Middle Permian

Middle Abrahamskraal Formation

A member of Scylacosauridae.

Placerias

Gen et sp nov

Valid

Lucas

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Chinle Formation

A member of Stahleckeriidae.

Prodicynodon

Gen et sp nov

Junior synonym

Broom

Late Permian

A junior synonym of Endothiodon.

Scapanodon

Gen et sp nov

Junior synonym

Broom

Middle Permian

A junior synonym of Titanosuchus.

Metatherians[edit]

Name Authors Age Location Notes Images
Argyrolagus Ameghino 4 Millions years ago A Distante relative of the Shrew Opossum

Eutherians[edit]

Cetaceans[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Eocetus[6]

Nom. nov.

Valid

Fraas

Middle Eocene (Bartonian)

Giushi Formation

A basilosaurid. Replacement name for Mesocetus Fraas, 1904 (non van Beneden, 1880).

Mesocetus[7]

Gen. et. sp. nov

Junior homonym

Fraas

Middle Eocene (Bartonian)

Renamed Eocetus.

Protocetus[7]

Gen. et sp. nov.

Valid

Fraas

Middle Eocene (Lutetian)

Mokattam Formation

A protocetid.

Even-toed Ungulates[edit]

Name Status Authors Age Location Notes Images
Prosthennops Valid Matthew 10 Millions of years ago An Extinct Tayassuid.

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. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Broom, R. 1904. On the occurrence of an opisthocoelian dinosaur (Algoasaurus bauri) in the Cretaceous beds of South Africa. Geol. Mag., ser. 5 (1): 445-447.
  4. ^ Lambe, L. M. 1904. On the squamoso-parietal crest of two species of horned dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Alberta. Ottawa Nat. 18: pp. 81-84.
  5. ^ Brown (1904). Williston (1904). Sanders, Manley, and Carpenter (2001), "Table 12.1" page 167.
  6. ^ E. Fraas. 1904. Neue Zeuglodonten aus dem unteren Mitteleozän von Mokattam bei Cairo. Geologisches Centralblatt 5(1048):374
  7. ^ a b Fraas, Eberhard (1904). "Neue Zeuglodonten aus dem unteren Mitteleocän vom Mokattam bei Cairo". Geologische und Paläontologische Abhandlungen (Jena: Verlag Gustav Fischer) 6 (3): 199–220. Retrieved July 2013.
  • Brown, B. (1904) Stomach stones and food of plesiosaurs, Science, n.s. 20, (501): 184-185
  • Sanders F, Manley K, Carpenter K. Gastroliths from the Lower Cretaceous sauropod Cedarosaurus weiskopfae. In: Tanke D.H, Carpenter K, editors. Mesozoic vertebrate life: new research inspired by the paleontology of Philip J. Currie. Indiana University Press; Bloomington, IN: 2001. pp. 166–180.
  • Williston, Samuel Wendel; 1904; The stomach stones of the plesiosaurs; Science; 20 pp. 565; American Association for the Advancement of Science