1850 in paleontology

Paleontology or palaeontology 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 1850.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science
1847
1848
1849
1850
1851
1852
1853

ArthropodsEdit

InsectsEdit

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Toxorhina brevipalpa[2]

Sp. nov

nomen nudum

Loew

Middle Eocene

Baltic amber

  Europe

A Limoniid cranefly,
jr syn of Elephantomyia brevipalpa

Toxorhina longirostris[2]

Sp. nov

nomen nudum

Loew

Middle Eocene

Baltic amber

  Europe

A Limoniid cranefly,
jr syn of Elephantomyia longirostris

Toxorhina pulchella[2]

Sp. nov

nomen nudum

Loew

Middle Eocene

Baltic amber

  Europe

A Limoniid cranefly,
jr syn of Elephantomyia pulchella

DinosaursEdit

Newly named dinosaursEdit

Name Status Authors Country

Heterosaurus

Junior synonym

Cornuel

Pelorosaurus[3]

Valid

Mantell

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 c Kania, I (2015). "Subfamily Limoniinae Speiser, 1909 (Diptera, Limoniidae) from Baltic Amber (Eocene): The Genus Elephantomyia Osten Sacken, 1860". PLoS ONE. 10 (2): 1–25. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117434. PMC 4338262. PMID 25706127.
  3. ^ Mantell, G A. 1850. On the Pelorosaurus an undescribed gigantic terrestrial reptile. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. London 140: pp. 379-390.