1852 in paleontology
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. 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.
Expeditions, field work, and fossil discoveriesEdit
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Newly named ProlacertiformesEdit
|Tanystropheus||von Meyer||237 Millions of years ago|
|Aepisaurus||Nomen dubium||Gervais||Early Cretaceous (Albian)||France||A possible camarasaurid.|
|Nomen dubium||Gervais||Early Cretaceous (Barremian)||Wessex Formation||England||A sauropod of unknown affinities.|
|Brachytrachelus||Preoccupied.||Geibel||preoccupied name; now known as Scaphognathus|
|Macrotrachelus||Jr. synonym.||Giebel||Jr. synonym of Pterodactylus.|
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Regulation of fossil collection, transport, or saleEdit
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Historiography and anthropology of paleontologyEdit
Amusement parks and attractionsEdit
- 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.
- 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.
- Gervais, P. 1852. Zoologie et paleontology francaise (animauz vertebras): Paris v. 1, iv + 271 (text), v. 2, explanation of plates, v. 3, Plates;
- 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.