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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 1852.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science
1849
1850
1851
1852
1853
1854
1855

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Expeditions, field work, and fossil discoveriesEdit

Institutions and organizationsEdit

Natural history museumsEdit

Scientific organizationsEdit

Scientific advancesEdit

PaleoanthropologyEdit

PaleobotanyEdit

Evolutionary biologyEdit

ExopaleontologyEdit

Extinction researchEdit

MicropaleontologyEdit

Invertebrate paleozoologyEdit

Trace fossilsEdit

Vertebrate paleozoologyEdit

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Newly named ProlacertiformesEdit

Name Authors Age Location Images
Tanystropheus von Meyer 237 Millions of years ago

Research techniquesEdit

Fossil tradeEdit

Law and politicsEdit

Regulation of fossil collection, transport, or saleEdit

Fossil-related crimeEdit

Official symbolsEdit

Protected areasEdit

Ethics and practiceEdit

HoaxesEdit

ScandalsEdit

Unethical practiceEdit

PeopleEdit

BirthsEdit

Awards and recognitionEdit

DeathsEdit

Historiography and anthropology of paleontologyEdit

PseudoscienceEdit

Popular cultureEdit

Amusement parks and attractionsEdit

ArtEdit

ComicsEdit

LiteratureEdit

  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens was published. The story told by this novel is unrelated to paleontology, but it does briefly mention a Megalosaurus, which happened to be the first reference made to dinosaurs in fiction.[3]

PhilatelyEdit

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 Gervais, P. 1852. Zoologie et paleontology francaise (animauz vertebras): Paris v. 1, iv + 271 (text), v. 2, explanation of plates, v. 3, Plates;
  3. ^ Sarjeant, W. A. S., 2001, Dinosaurs in fiction: In: Mesozoic Vertebrate Life, edited by Tanke, D. H., and Carpenter, K., Indiana University Press, pp. 504-529.