1962 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 1962.

Paleozoology[edit]

Conodont paleozoology[edit]

German paleontologist Klaus Jürgen Müller (1923-2010) described the conodont order Paraconodontida.[2]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Histiodella[3] Valid taxon

RW Harris

Middle Ordovician

Arbuckle Mountains, Oklahoma, USA

 USA

Vertebrates[edit]

Dinosaurs[edit]

Newly named dinosaurs[edit]

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[4]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Heterodontosaurus[5] Valid taxon
  • Alfred W. Crompton

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Upper Elliot Formation

 South Africa

A heterodontosaurid.

Birds[edit]

Newly named birds[edit]

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Anas ogallalae [6]

Sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Early Pliocene

Ogallala Formation

 USA

An Anatidae, first described as Nettion ogallalae Brodkorb, 1962.

Perdix jurcsaki [7]

Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

 Romania

A Phasiandae.

Tetrao partium [7]

Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

 Romania

A Phasiandae, a synonym is Lyrurus partium Kretzoi, 1962.

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. ^ Supplement to systematics of conodonts. KJ Müller and RC Moore, in Treatise on invertebrate paleontology, Part W: Miscellanea : Conodonts Conoidal Shells of Uncertain Affinities, Worms, Trace Fossils, and Problema, 1962 - Geological Society of America
  3. ^ New conodonts from Joins (Ordovician) Formation of Oklahoma. RW Harris, Oklahoma Geology Notes, 1962
  4. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Crompton, A.W. and A. Charig. 1962. A new ornithischian from the Upper Iriassic of South Africa. Nature 196: pp. 1074-1077.
  6. ^ Brodkorb, Pierce (1962). "A Teal from the Lower Pliocene of Kansas". Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences. 25 (2): 157–160. 
  7. ^ a b Kretzoi, Miklós (1962). "Vogelreste aus der Altpleistozänen Fauna von Betfia". Aquila. 67-68: 167–174.